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Administrative Rules

Subject: Hazard Communication Program AR# 3.03.007
Based on Board Policy: C-3, Duties & Responsibilities, College President
Approved by Council/President: Administrative Services Council
Date Approved/Amended: 02/19/2003


It is the policy of Austin Community College to develop, implement and maintain a Hazard Communications (HazCom) Program for all campuses and centers.   The objective of the Program is to provide training, personal protective equipment and information regarding hazardous chemicals, so that employees may work safely with hazardous chemicals found in the workplace.


The ACC Hazard Communication Program will apply to all ACC employees, including staff and faculty.  This program also covers student employees that may work around (have occupational exposure to) hazardous chemicals.  The ACC HazCom Program will be administered through the Environmental Health Safety and Insurance Office, with responsibility for compliance delegated from the President of ACC throughout administrative channels to every supervisor. 


The Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA), Revised 1993, Chapter 502 of the Health and Safety Code (HSC), requires public employers to provide information to employees regarding hazardous chemicals they may be exposed to in the workplace.  The Public Employer Community Right-to-Know Act, Chapter 506 of the Health and Safety Code, and Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 25 Chapter 295, requires public employers to make information regarding hazardous chemicals accessible to local fire departments, local emergency planning committees, and, through the Texas Department of Health (TDH), the general public. 



 A written HazCom Plan will be developed, implemented and maintained within each work area that uses chemicals.  This plan will be based on the requirements set forth in the ACC HazCom Program.



The requirements of Austin Community College Hazard Communication Program do not apply to chemicals in the following categories:

  1. Hazardous waste regulated under the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

  2. Tobacco or tobacco products;

  3. Wood or wood products;

  4. Food, drugs, cosmetics, or alcoholic beverages in a retail sale establishment that are packaged for sale to consumers;

  5. Foods, drugs, or cosmetics intended for personal consumption by an employee while in the workplace;

  6. Any consumer product or hazardous substance (e.g., liquid paper, white out, desk cleaner, windex), if the employer can demonstrate it is used in the workplace in the same manner as normal consumer use and if the use results in a duration and frequency of exposure that is not greater than exposure experienced by consumers;

  7. Any article that is formed to a specific shape or design during manufacture, that has end-use functions dependent in whole or in part of its shape or design during end use, and that does not release or otherwise result in exposure to a hazardous chemical under normal conditions of use (e.g., tires, PVC piping);

  8. Any drug, as that term is defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;

  9.  Radioactive waste.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Hazard Communication Program for Austin Community College shall be administered by the Environmental Health Safety and  Insurance Office, whose line of administrative authority is through the Vice President of Business Services.

  1. The ACC Environmental Health Safety and Insurance Office administers and coordinates the HazCom Program for ACC and designated ACC facilities. 

  2. The Dean, Unit Director (Unit Head) will have ultimate responsibility for implementation and compliance with the ACC HazCom Program within their disciplines / areas / units.

  3. The ACC AREA HAZCOM COORDINATOR, appointed by Dean/Unit Director, will ensure that the requirements of the ACC HazCom Program and Area Implementation Plan are fulfilled within their work areas/units.

  4. ACC Employees and Students, that work with hazardous materials or have the potential of being exposed will:

  1. Attend required training;

  2. Use prudent practices and good judgment when using hazardous chemicals or hazardous chemical procedures;   Personnel who work with hazardous materials are expected to assume reasonable responsibility for the safety and health of themselves, others around them, and the environment;

  3. Follow established ACC policies, practices and procedures regarding safety ;

  4. Notify other individuals who might be affected by the chemicals they use;

  5. Immediately report any chemical incident requiring outside medical assistance to the Environmental Health Safety and Insurance Office and to the HazCom Administrator, appointed by Dean/Unit Director.



President:   Richard W. Fonté Date:   04/10/03