The definition of a hazardous substance used by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Community Right to Know (CR2K) program can found in (OAR) 837-085-0040(30). Generally, a substance is considered hazardous if the manufacturer is required to develop an SDS. A substance is also considered hazardous if it presents a physical or health hazard to emergency response personnel or the public under normal conditions of use or during an emergency situation.
Under OSHA requirements, manufacturers must evaluate their products, classify and categorize the physical, health and other hazards. The CR2K program relies on the manufacturer’s hazardous information on the SDS to determine whether a substance is reportable.
In the event the manufacturer indicates the substance is not hazardous, we will review the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and the toxicological section of the SDS. If any hazard or potential hazard is identified (e.g. a “1” is present in the flammability quadrant of the NFPA symbol), we consider the substance hazardous and reportable to our office if it meets or exceeds the reporting thresholds.
If you have a question about whether a substance is hazardous or should be reported, please contact the Help Desk for clarification.