OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires that you provide a hazard communication program that meets the requirements of the HazCom standard, identifies all chemical hazards in the workplace, trains employees to recognize hazards and take proper precautions, ensures proper labeling of chemical containers and provides required material safety data sheets, and establishes effective emergency response procedures.
Why “OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard” Matters:
Hazardous materials are found in many workplaces, and millions of workers are exposed to them everyday.
- An estimated 30 million workers are exposed or potentially exposed to more than 650,000 hazardous materials each year.
- There are typically 20,000 incidents of exposure to hazardous materials annually that result in one or more lost workdays because of illnesses or injuries from these materials.
- OSHA requires you to communicate information about chemicals to employees.
- You must have a written hazard communication program that identifies chemicals in the workplace and explains how you will communicate information about those substances.
- Employees must be trained to understand hazards and take precautions to prevent exposure.
- An MSDS for each chemical in the workplace must be available to employees.
- All chemical containers must be properly labeled.
- Your HazCom program must include emergency response information and procedures.