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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Safety: Chemical Hazard Communication: Farm
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Chemical Hazard Communication
Dairy Forage Research Farm

Statement of Purpose It is the policy of the USDA/University of Wisconsin Dairy Forage Research Farm to provide a safe workplace. The Chemical Hazard Communication program shall provide a basis for achieving that goal in the use of chemical substances.
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Regulatory The Chemical Hazard Communication Standard is found in 29 CFR 1910.1200. A copy is provided with the UW Hazard Communication Protection Plan. 
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Implemen- tation Outline
1. Chemical user shall obtain and implement UW Hazard Communication Protection Plan.
2. Inventory all chemicals including pesticides, fertilizers, cleaners, shop chemicals, pharmaceuticals..
3. Obtain MSDS or equivalent for chemicals on hand..
4. One copy of MSDS kept in office. Another shall be kept at the work site. For example:.
a. Worker Protection Station-pesticides
b. Shop-cleaners, paints, oils
c. Veterinary lab - veterinary formulations
5. All employees, including part-time, are trained annually on Chemical Hazard program.
6. All employees will maintain warning labels of hazardous chemicals, including preparing labels for containers to which chemicals are transferred..
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1. Inventory - Having an accurate inventory is the first step in managing chemicals in the workplace. Items no longer used because of changing research needs or because they are outdated should be disposed of through proper channels. The farm will conduct an inventory of chemicals on hand each November.
2. The inventory should follow the ARS or UW format as used at the Madison location and include all pesticides, fertilizers, paints, oils, welding supplies, compressed gasses, pharmaceuticals, cleansers, milk testing chemicals, etc. Each section shall complete the inventory for their area.
3. Specific hazards such as silos, silo gases, and the manure pit, shall be addressed separately.
4. After completion, the master inventory shall be kept in the office. Each section shall keep a copy for reference and updating of new chemicals/products. The Farm Manager shall send a copy of the chemical inventory to UW Safety through the LAO.
5. MSDS - The Material Safety Data Sheets shall be obtained from the manufacturer at the time of purchase. If an MSDS is needed, the request should be made at the time of order. When received, the MSDS should be made available in a location accessible to any employee who needs the safety information. Do not throw out old MSDS. They should be kept and archived alphabetically in case liability issues concerning past employees occur.
6. MSDS for old chemicals can be obtained from a variety of sources. Sources include UW Safety Home Page, or UW Industrial Hygienist.
7. New employees will be trained in Hazard Communication (MSDS) as part of their orientation. All others shall receive training annually presented by their supervisor.
8. The policy shall be reviewed annually by the Location Safety Committee and updated as necessary.
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  • Dr. Neal Martin, CD
  • Dr. Richard Walgenbach, Farm Manager
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Last Modified: 3/12/2010
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