Delaware - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

Prohibitions Or Restrictions
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State law requires districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and/or to reduce chemical exposure in schools.

Delaware Administrative Code 14-885 Safe Management and Disposal of Chemicals in the Delaware Public School System

1.0  Purpose

  • The purpose of this regulation is to outline the criteria and processes for Chemical Storage and for Chemical use in the classroom, laboratory, or other Instructional Areas in Delaware public schools. This regulation sets forth the requirements for the safe procurement, management, storage, and disposal of Chemicals. Additional information may be found in the Safety First: Safe Instructional Practices in the Classroom and Laboratory manual.

2.0  Definitions:

  • The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly states otherwise:
  • "Carcinogen" means any known or suspected Chemical that can cause cancer.
  • "Chemical" means any element, compound, or mixture of elements and/or compounds.
  • "Chemical Inventory" means a list of all materials and Chemicals for which a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) must be maintained.
  • "Chemical Name" means the scientific designation of a Chemical in accordance with the nomenclature system developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) or the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) rules of nomenclature, or a name which will clearly identify the Chemical for the purpose of conducting a hazard analysis.
  • "Chemical Procurement" means the acquisition of any Chemical(s).
  • "Common Name" means any designation or identification such as a code name, code number, trade name, brand name, or generic name used to identify a Chemical other than its Chemical name.
  • "Corrosive" means causing visible destruction of or irreversible alterations in, living tissue by Chemical action at the site of contact.
  • "Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
  • "Engineering Control(s)" means a physical modification to a process, or process equipment, or the installation of further equipment with the goal of preventing the release of contaminants and improve safety conditions.
  • "Explosive" means causing a sudden, almost instantaneous release of pressure, gas, and heat when subjected to sudden shock, pressure, or high temperature.
  • "Expose or Exposure" means an instance where an individual is subjected to or potentially subjected to a Hazardous Chemical through any route of entry (inhalation, ingestion, skin contact or absorption, etc.).
  • "Hazardous Chemical" means any element, compound or mixture of elements and/or compounds which presents a Physical Hazard or Health Hazard.
  • "Health Hazard" means a Chemical for which there is statistically significant evidence based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principles that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed persons. The term "Health Hazard" includes Chemicals which are Carcinogens, toxic or highly toxic agents, reproductive toxins, irritants, Corrosives, sensitizers, hepatotoxins, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, agents which act on the hematopoietic system, and agents which damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes. The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) will provide information to determine whether or not the Chemical is a Health Hazard.
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