Health and Radiation Safety

To Obtain Employee Exposure Records

Employee exposure to toxic substances and harmful physical agents is monitored by the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS). EHRS maintains employee exposure records. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standard, "Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records" (29CFR1910.1020) permits access to employer-maintained exposure and medical records by employees or their designated representative and by OSHA.

A University employee may obtain a copy of his/her exposure record by calling EHRS at 898-4453 or by e-mail:

Hazard Communication Program

The University of Pennsylvania's Hazard Communication Program consists of information on access to Material Safety Data Sheets, proper labeling of hazardous chemicals, and the hazard communication training programs required for all employees who handle hazardous chemicals as part of their work. Laboratory workers should refer to Penn's Chemical Hygiene Plan on the web at for additional information concerning the safe handling of chemicals in laboratories.

The University's written Hazard Communication Program is available in the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, 14th floor Blockley Hall/6021. A library of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for hazardous chemicals used at the University is on file at EHRS. An MSDS describes the physical and chemical properties of a product, health hazards and routes of exposure, precautions for safe handling and use, emergency procedures, reactivity data, and control measures. Copies of MSDSs for products used in all non-research areas are also maintained at each respective shop.University employees may obtain an MSDS by calling EHRS at 898-4453 or by e-mail:

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 27, March 31, 1998