Chemical Safety

Chemical Information

There are two main areas of indoor chemical use at George Fox University; offices and student housing.

Most business offices use a variety of chemicals, often without even realizing it. From the whiteboard cleaner, to the laptop and computer screen duster. Each of these chemicals have specific properties associated with them, which are required by law to be listed on a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and supplied by the manufacturer of the chemical. At George Fox University, we are committed to providing a safe and productive work and study environment for all employees and students.

What is an SDS?
The "Safety Data Sheet" (formerly called a Material Safety Data Sheet, or MSDS) for a chemical lists important information concerning the proper use of, and more importantly, the possible hazards the chemical presents to the user. Each SDS lists the manufacturer of the chemical, the product name as well as the chemical name, and the chemical characteristics. Any fire or explosive hazards will be noted, as well as any health hazards (including contact or inhalation hazards). Finally, the emergency and first aid procedures will be listed. In the case of an emergency, the information contained within the SDS can be the difference between life and death for the individual exposed to the chemical.

Plant Services keeps a list of the common chemicals used by their respective departments in the SDS Folder. To use the Plant Services SDS Folder, use the search bar at the top of the window to search for the desired product name or chemical. If you have not logged into Google Docs, it will prompt you for your username and password. For each chemical, we have provided a link to the SDS for that chemical. If your chemical is not listed here, you must obtain an SDS and keep it on file to meet OSHA requirements for chemicals in the workplace. Often the SDS can be found easily on the Web by searching under the chemical name with SDS in the search line.