8.8 Hazard Communication Program
All locations are responsible for protecting staff, students, and the general public from hazardous chemicals known to be at the location. Locations shall provide staff a reasonably safe place to work and shall instruct staff in safe work practices. In turn, staff members are responsible for learning and following sensible procedures to ensure safety. Staff members who are involved in science lab teaching, whether at the elementary school or high school level, must participate in the archdiocesan
science safety course offered in cooperation with Los Angeles County Office of Education.Science Safety CourseIn cooperation with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the archdiocese has developed a
science safety course that focuses on science safety and material safety. All teachers involved in laboratory science courses in elementary schools and high schools are to take this course. In addition, the
Science Safety Handbook for California Public Schools (2014 edition) discusses managing and assessing risks associated with teaching science classes. Although it was developed for public schools and may contain regulations not required for private schools, it is a source for establishing best practices.Proposition 65 Warnings (Right to Know)Locations with 10 or more employees must determine whether any of the hazardous chemicals on their premises are subject to Proposition 65 chemical hazard warning requirements. To obtain an updated list of the hazardous chemicals, consult the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Current Proposition 65 List or call the OEHHA at 916-445-6900. For more information, read about
Proposition 65 in Plain Language.See
Clear and Reasonable Warnings about Proposition 65. A typical sign may read "WARNING: This facility contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm."