Right To Know Policy

Environment, Health, & Safety


Right to Know Policy


It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure proper labeling of chemicals worked with in accordance with the SUNY Plattsburgh Chemical Hygiene Plan. (29 CFR 1910.1200 e-f).

Commercial Labels

The College will make every effort to maintain the labels on chemical containers received from vendors. If the label is damaged in any way it should immediately be replaced with a label as described in section 3 below (29 CFR 1010.1200 e 7).

On-Site Labels

Any chemical which is transferred from it's original container to a new container or which is synthesized and stored on campus is to be labeled in clear English Print with:

  • Identity of the chemical(s). The name(s) of the chemical(s) used on the label should correlate with the name(s) used on the MSDS's (Material Safety Data Sheets).
  • Appropriate hazard warnings (flammable, carcinogenic, toxic, mutagenic, teratogenic, oxidizer, corrosive, poison, or pyrophoric (see 29 CFR 1910.1200 Appendix A) should appear on the label). The proper information can be obtained from the original container or the MSDS. In the case of chemicals synthesized on site, characteristics discovered during the course of the experiments should be included.
  • Name of the original manufacturer, importer, or person who performed the synthesis;
  • Date of the transfer or on-site synthesis and initials of the individual who filled the container;
  • If known, the organs which may be affected by the chemical;
  • NFPA numbers if known (NFPA = National Fire Protection Association). These numbers can be accessed through the Environmental Health Office web page.
  • Protective equipment needed for handling.

On-Site Label Form - The form to be used for in-house labeling is available in each laboratory, through each department chairperson, and through the Environmental Health Office. The label will display the NFPA diamond with each colored area representative of the appropriate hazard. These areas will be numbered by the label preparer, along with the chemical name, common name, date, and name of preparer.

Process Areas - Signs, placards, process sheets, operating procedures or other such written materials may be used on individual stationary chemical processing equipment containing chemicals as long as the information in section 2. above is included. These sheets should be readily accessible to employees at any time (29 CFR 1910.1200 f 5). The sheets should be located near the equipment and/or at the entrance to where the equipment is located. The format for the process sheets will be standardized and made available through the Chemistry Department Office.

Storage Areas - In general, rooms and storage closets containing chemicals will display placards indicating the appropriate hazard information.

Training - Training of employees will include instruction in the methods of labeling, meaning of terms, and protective measures necessary to prevent exposure.

Contact Information

Cathleen Eldridge, Associate Director
Office: Sibley Hall 421
Phone: (518) 564-5009
Fax: (518) 564-5082
Email: eldridcm@plattsburgh.edu