San Juan College is required to advise you of your rights regarding the Hazard Communication Standard, the Laboratory Standard and the Chemical Hygiene Plan.  This manual meets the requirement in part.  In addition, standard "Notice to Employee" poster(s) will be posted at location(s) where notices are normally posted.  Know your rights.  Take time to read the "Notice to Employee" form(s) posted at work.


Employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals have access to the following information, when available: 

  • chemical exposure information
  • workplace chemical lists
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) 

In addition, employees and students shall receive training on the hazards of chemicals and on the measures they can take to protect themselves from those hazards. 

The employer must provide employees with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).  Students may be required to purchase common items such as laboratory aprons or goggles.  However, special items such as respirators and/or face shields will be provided by the employer to employees at no cost to employees, when needed.



Upon appointment, the college will provide an education and training program for employees using or handling chemicals.  Additional instruction is required whenever the potential for exposure to hazardous chemicals is altered or whenever new information concerning a chemical is received.  New or newly assigned employees must be provided training before working with, or in a work area containing hazardous chemicals.  For students, training may be required for each course, and it is of obvious benefit to them to learn to work safely, as part of the curriculum.  Training programs shall include, as appropriate, the following:

  • interpreting labels and MSDS’s

  • the location of hazardous chemicals

  • a description of the acute and chronic effects of overexposure to chemicals they may work with

  • safe handling procedures

  • personal protective equipment

  • cleanup procedures

  • waste disposal process

In an area or laboratory where a large variety of hazardous chemicals are stored or used, the college may provide training by hazard classes. The contents of this manual meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200, Hazard Communication Standard and 29 CFR 1910.1450, Laboratory Safety Standard. 

The college is required to keep a record of training sessions provided to employees.  You may be requested to sign a form verifying your attendance at a training session. 

If you do not understand the material provided or discussed, contact your Supervisor or OHS.


Gary Lee
Director of Environmental Health
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM  87401
(505) 566-3063 or (505) 566-3190