Develop a Hazard Communication Program

Key Points

  • OSHA requires employers to create a written hazard communication in order to be able to communicate chemical hazards to all employees. This OSHA standard is one of the most frequently cited violations, so understanding it is vital.
  • Along with the written plan, employers are required to have labels on all chemicals that are covered by this regulation, which could include common cleaning supplies.
  • For all applicable chemicals, employers should have a safety data sheet (SDS) that gives employees the knowledge of what the chemical is, why it is dangerous and how to handle it. The SDS should be provided by the manufacturer of the chemical.
  • As part of the hazard communication program, employees should be trained in how to read and use the SDS, as well as applicable labels.

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