Online MassDOT HazCom Program New
Employers that have hazardous chemicals in their workplaces are required by
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200, to implement a hazard communication program.
This program will educate attendees on labeling containers of hazardous chemicals, safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous chemicals, and training for workers.
This will also show how to implement an effective hazard communication program using these six steps:
Step One: Learn the Standard/Identify Responsible Staff
- Obtain a copy of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.
- Become familiar with its provisions.
- Make sure that someone has primary responsibility for coordinating implementation.
- Identify staff for particular activities (e.g., training).
Step Two: Prepare and Implement a Written Hazard Communication Program
- Prepare a written plan to indicate how hazard communication will be addressed in your facility.
- Prepare a list or inventory of all hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
Step Three: Ensure Containers are Labeled
- Keep labels on shipped containers.
- Label workplace containers where required.
Step Four: Maintain Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
- Maintain safety data sheets for each hazardous chemical in the workplace.
- Ensure that safety data sheets are readily accessible to employees.
Step Five: Inform and Train Employees
- Train employees on the hazardous chemicals in their work area before initial assignment, and when new hazards are introduced.
- Include the requirements of the standard, hazards of chemicals, appropriate protective measures, and where and how to obtain additional information.
Step Six: Evalute and Reassess Your Program
- Review your hazard communication program periodically to make sure that it is still working and meeting its objectives.
- Revise your program as appropriate to address changed conditions in the workplace (e.g., new chemicals, new hazards, etc.).
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