The main objective of this session is to teach you about California hazard communication. By the time the session is over, you will be able to understand the basic requirements of California’s “right-to-know” law; familiarize yourself with the organization’s hazard communication program; identify hazardous substances and understand the risks they pose; interpret the information on chemical labels; understand the chemical’s safety data sheet (SDS); protect yourself from the physical and health hazards of chemicals; and respond effectively to emergencies.
Why “California Hazard Communication” Matters:
Every day in workplaces throughout California, employees like you work with or are incidentally exposed to hazardous substances that can harm health or cause safety hazards. In many cases, the seriousness of the risks depends on the material used, how much of it you use, and how often you use it. With some chemicals, though, improper handling can lead to immediate injury or illness. That’s why it’s so important to be well-informed about hazardous substances in your workplace and know how to get the information you need to protect yourself.
- California’s hazard communication regulation was developed to make you safer on the job.
- You should be familiar with your organization’s hazard communication program and the hazardous substances in the workplace.
- You need to understand the potential hazards of chemicals and proper precautions before you work with them.
- Labels and SDSs provide information on specific chemicals.
- Use of available personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent harmful chemical exposures.
- You should know what to do in an emergency involving hazardous materials.