Chemical safety is a crucial
aspect in general industry, where worker safety is paramount to successful
production. Depending on which industry
you work in, chemical hazards may be encountered on a daily basis; chemical
manufacturers and general employers have a responsibility to inform and protect
their workers of such hazards.
How Do OSHA Regulations
Come into Play?
OSHA Standard 1910.1200 addresses Hazard Communication (HAZCOM Standard) with respect to toxic and hazardous substances, detailing requirements for workplace compliance. All chemicals that are used on a regular basis or may be used in a facility emergency must be considered. The most updated version of the HAZCOM Standard became effective on May 25, 2012.
What Changes Came Along
with the HAZCOM Standard Updates?
must be done in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of
Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
Sheets (SDSs), the 16-section standardized data sheets for each hazardous
substance, shall replace the former Material Safety Data Sheets, which did not
contain a unified, consistent format.
What Do Employers Need to
Do to Stay Compliant?
inspect chemical shipments to ensure that all labels are undamaged.
maintain SDSs such that they are easily accessible to employees.
provide training with the following components, at a minimum:
How to detect a
chemical release in the workplace
of chemicals found in the work area
How to properly
read and gather information from an SDS
should protect themselves from chemical hazards
How is This All Tied
prepare a written Hazard Communication Program to be kept on-site at all
times, describing how to achieve compliance with respect to the following
containers with the product identifier, hazard statements, and pictograms
Formation of a
system for obtaining, organizing, and maintaining an inventory of SDSs
employees of the requirements of the HAZCOM Standard, the location of hazardous
chemicals, and the location of the written Hazard Communication Program
Ensuring that all
employees receive adequate training, as described above
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