Employees have a right to know about chemicals they are working with, around, or can come in contact with. OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1200 is intended to inform all workers of this information under normal working conditions or where chemical emergencies could occur. The hazard communication standard requires all workplace chemicals to be thoroughly evaluated for all possible health and physical hazards. It also mandates that this information be made available to all workers. In accordance with OSHA and specific state standards, this facility has adopted this Hazard Communications Program. The program will be maintained at the facility and will be made available to employees and regulatory personnel upon request.
This program contains the following elements:
- Hazardous Substance Inventory
- Material Safety Data Sheets
- Information and Training
Hazardous Substance Inventory
This facility will retain on file, an inventory list of all hazardous materials that are stored and/or used by employees performing their job duties. The materials will be added to the list based on manufacturer information, including MSDS's, that indicates that the materials meet any of the physical or health hazard characteristics (i.e. toxic, reactive, flammable, corrosive, etc.).
Material Safety Data Sheets
MSDS sheets for all chemicals on the inventory list will be obtained from the substance manufacturer and retained at the facility. The MSDS will be kept in a designated area open and accessible to employees. The MSDS sheets will be periodically reviewed and updat!'3d. If any new chemicals are introduced to the office, they will be evaluated and if MSDS sheets are required they will be added to the file. Employees will be trained as to the safety precautions required for the new chemical in a timely manner. All MSDS’s must be in English and contain certain information:
- Identity of the chemical.
- Physical hazards.
- Health hazards.
- Primary routes of entry.
- Whether it is a carcinogen.
- Precautions for safe handling and use.
- Emergency and first aid procedures.
- Date of preparation of latest revision.
- Name, address, and telephone number of manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party.
Hazardous chemical containers must be labeled clearly in English. Other languages may appear on labels along with English. Individual stationary containers may have signs, placards, batch tickets, or printed operating procedures in place of labels. If a chemical is being transferred during a work shift for the sole use of an employee the company is not required to label portable transfer vessels. If that vessel is being transferred for use on a different work shift, it must be labeled. Labels are required to contain the following information:
- Identity of the hazardous chemical.
- Appropriate hazard warnings.
- Name and address of chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party.
Information and Training
All employees will receive hazcom training at the time of initial employment or assignment, as well as when a new or previously unrecognized hazard is introduced into the workplace. Employees are to be informed of:
- Requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200.
- Any operations in workplace where hazardous chemicals are present.
- Location and availability of written hazcom program.
- Location and availability of MSDS file(s).
- Basic instructions on how to read an MSDS.
Required Hazcom Training Elements
- Methods or observations used to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals in work area.
- Physical and health hazards of chemicals in workplace.
- Measures employees can utilize to protect themselves from ~he hazards, including work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Details of the facility hazard communication program, including complete information on labels and MSDSs, will be provided by facility management.
Annual Program Review
The workplace is constantly changing. New chemicals, procedures, and regulations are being introduced to the work place on an ongoing basis. With this in mind, facility management will review this Hazard Communication Program at least annually in accordance with 29 CFR 1200 and the program will be amended as needed.