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Facilities Services - Chemicals / Hazardous Chemicals


Peter Swerzenski
Assistant Director (AD) Environmental Programs
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Eddie Pena,
Hazardous Materials (HazMat) / Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Coordinator
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SAISD WCL, SDS Document Library & Hazard Communication Training

In accordance with the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA, Texas Health & Safety Code,
Title 6, Subtitle D, Chapter 502) SAISD has a Hazard Communication Program (HCP).  As part
of the SAISD HCP Environmental Programs has developed, and continues to update:
  • the SAISD workplace chemical list (WCL),
  • the SAISD (safety data sheet) SDS document library, and
  • Hazard communication training for new custodial and maintenance personnel.
The Notice to Employees provides a brief summary of the THCA.  The Notice to Employees
should  be prominently posted in the workplace.  Additional information on the THCA is available

WCL – Workplace Chemical List
The WCL contains the names and locations of “hazardous chemicals” used and/or stored at various
SAISD facilities / campuses at quantities in excess of 55 gallons or 500 pounds.  In accordance with
Section 502.005 Environmental Programs updates the WCL at least annually.  The WCL is accessible
to all employees through this website.  Copies of the current or past WCLs can be requested from
Environmental Programs (210.554.2420).   

SAISD employees can view, copy and download safety data sheets (SDS) by using the SDS
document library
.  If you cannot find the SDS for a hazardous chemical used or stored at an
SAISD worksite contact Environmental Programs (210.554.2420). 

Requirements regarding obtaining, reviewing and distributing SDSs for each hazardous material are
provided in the SAISD Hazard Communication Program (HCP).

For laboratory chemicals SAISD relies on the campus Science Department chair to retain and manage
current SDSs for chemicals used.  Laboratory chemical SDSs can be access through the Flinn Scientific
“Flinn SDS”
website or by contacting the SAISD Science and Curriculum Management Department at

All new custodial and maintenance field employees are provided hazard communication
by Environmental Programs.  Training includes, but is not limited to the topics listed in
Section 502.009 (of the THCA). 

Managing Hazardous Chemicals
  • Maintain a current inventory of hazardous chemicals including:
    • Identity (product name and product number)
    • Supplier / manufacturer
    • Container size & type
    • Quantity (especially if > 55 gallons or 500 pounds)
  • Ensure an SDS is available for all hazardous chemicals used / stored
  • Obtain, review and provide Environmental an SDS for new chemicals prior to, or when ordering / purchasing
  • Check the SDS document library each time a shipment (of hazardous materials) is received
  • Select safer, environmentally friendly chemicals
  • Order and store only what is needed (for 3 month or 6 month period)
  • Use older stock first
  • Do not mix chemicals, especially incompatibles
  • Keep hazardous chemicals secure and in well ventilated areas
  • Read and follow labels
  • Maintain legible container labels
  • Safely control and cleanup spills
  • Do not bring chemicals from home
  • Use personal protective equipment when needed
  • Check and inspect emergency equipment routinely
  • Properly dispose of hazardous waste

Consult the EPA “Schools: Managing Chemicals” website for additional information.