Develop a Hazard Communication Program

Key Points

  • The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard requires employers that use certain chemical products to create and use a written hazard communication program that addresses requirements relating to labels and other warnings, safety data sheets (SDSs) and employee information and training.
  • The program must include certain information, including a list of the chemicals which should match the corresponding SDSs and labels; methods to be utilized to inform employees of hazards related to nonroutine tasks and methods to provide employees with access to SDSs.
  • For all chemicals outlined in the program, train employees regarding the hazardous chemicals at the time the employee is assigned to an area where that chemical is present. Training should include the location of the chemicals, the program itself and the SDSs as well as the methods to detect their presence, physical and health hazards, protective measures and an explanation of the labels and SDSs.

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