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Right To Know

Campus Right to Know Program

Hazardous Chemical Material
How Does Georgia State University Meet These Guidelines?
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSH ACT of 1970
OSHA Regulations
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
MSDS Purpose
Georgia State University's Right-To-Know Coordinator
Procedure for Ordering MSDS's
Material Safety Data Sheet Request Form


Right To Know Laws are meant to protect people who work in at universities from the dangers of hazardous materials. All Right To Know Legislation is designed to help you to recognize and eliminate the potential dangers associated with the use of hazardous materials in your workplace.


To comply with the Georgia Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right To Know Act of 1988 as amended, Georgia Department of Labor Chapter 300-3-19 Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right To Know Rules, and the University System of Georgia Hazardous Chemical Protection Communication (Right To Know) Plan, this written Hazardous Chemical Protection Communication Plan was established for Georgia State University.

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Hazardous Chemical Material

Any substance or mixture of substances having properties capable of producing adverse effects on the health or safety of a human.

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How Does Georgia State University Meet These Guideline?

  1. Provide you with access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  2. Require all Georgia State University employees to label all chemical containers
  3. Provide Georgia State University employees chemical specific training for working with hazardous materials
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA is a part of the US Department of Labor and is the regulatory and enforcement agency for most US industrial sectors. Due to Georgia State University's status as a State Agency we are not regulated by OSHA. However, we use OSHA Standards as guidelines.

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Is the regulatory vehicle to ensure the safety and health of workers in firms larger than 20 employees. Its goal is to sent standards for safety and percent injury and illness among the workers by regulating employee exposure and informing employee of the dangers in their workplace.

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OSHA Regulations

All Federal Regulations are continued in the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs). OSHA Regulations are found in 29 CFR 1910.

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Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

OSHA established guidelines for the descriptive data that should be concisely provided on a data sheet to serve as the basis for written hazard-communication programs. The thrust of the law is to have those who make, distribute, and use hazardous materials be responsible for the effective communication.

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MSDS Purpose

A MSDS is a fact sheet that summarizes information about:

1. The chemical identification of the material
  • The Chemical Abstract Service Number (CAS # is a unique identification number assigned to chemicals.)
  • The chemical name and trade name
  • Hazardous ingredients
2. The manufacturer / distributor of the material
  • Their address and telephone number
  • An emergency telephone number
3. The material's physical properties

4. The materials health effects

5. The first aid treatment to be provided if needed

6. The preplanning needed for safely handling spills, fires and daily operations.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required
  • Fire fighting measures and decomposition products of the material
  • Chemical reactivities and incompatibilities
  • Spill and leak handling procedures
  • Disposal procedures 
7. Regulatory status and reporting requirements of the material(s)
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Georgia State University's Right-to-Know Coordinator

Brenda Pool, Safety and Risk Management Department, (404) 651-4316.

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Procedure for Ordering MSDS's

1. All employee request for MSDS will be made in writing and submitted to the employee's supervisor.

2. Supervisors will respond to the employees request within one working day by either:

  • faxing a copy of the employee's request to the Right-to-Know Coordinator at 651-4319 or,
  • delivering the MSDS request to the Right-To-Know Coordinator at 34 Broad St., Room 1106. 
3. All MSDS Requests must include the following:
  • Department Name
  • Supervisor Name
  • Employee Making Request
  • Date Employee Submitted Written Request 
  • Chemical Name
  • Manufacturer or Supplier, if known
  • CAS Number, if known
Note: A non-mandatory MSDS Request Form is attached.

4. The Georgia State University Right-To-Know Coordinator will provide a copy of the requested MSDS within five working days of the employee's request, subject to the provisions in the "Public Employee Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988". 

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