If you are exposed to hazardous chemicals at work, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) will help you identify the hazards of those materials and how to use them safely. Your employer must also teach you about the protective measures when working with hazardous chemicals. When you have this important information, you’ll be able to take steps to protect yourself from the negative effects caused by accidental exposure.
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires employers and manufacturers to develop and distribute chemical information as described below:
As mentioned above, the standard requires your employer to provide information to employees about the hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed, by means of:
Note: In this short course we focus on controls, labeling, and safety data sheets. To see more information on the components of a Hazard Communication Program, check out Course 705, Hazard Communication Program (HCP).
Click the following link to see a sample Hazard Communication Program (scroll down to page 30 – Appendix A).