Campus Safety

Hazardous Chemical Management

Chemicals are everywhere! Routine items such as hair spray, makeup, air fresheners, cleaners, and even many food additives are based on chemicals.

While most chemicals we use are safe, misuse can cause severe reactions such as immediate or delayed illness, chronic disease (especially cancer), organ failure, and even death. This page provides basic information about how chemicals are handled here at Nazareth College.

Nazareth College makes protecting the health of all students, staff, faculty, and visitors the highest priority. Campus policies concerning chemicals are a combination of Federal regulations, New York State laws, and industry best practices. It is imperative that everyone adheres to these policies for the protection of all.

Use Nazareth College's ChemTracker for basic information about each hazardous chemical as well as its Material Safety Data Sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of products may be considered hazardous?
What is the "Right to Know Law"?
What are the physical hazards of chemicals?
What are the health hazards of chemicals?
How can I be exposed to chemicals?
How can you protect yourself?
What are material safety data sheets (MSDSs)? Where can I get access to them?
Nazareth College Chemtracker
How should I dispose of a hazardous chemical?

EHS Contact Info

If you have any questions about chemicals on campus, please contact Environmental Health and Safety Officer Kevin Riordan at  585-389-2841 or

Call Campus Safety, 585-389-2850, with any emergency situation.


Use Nazareth College's chemical database tool to learn about most chemicals used on campus:

  • Search for information about chemicals (common name, chemical name, or any partial name)
  • Get basic information about a chemical's hazards and download its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
  • Learn what precautions are needed before using the chemical