What is Hazard Communication?
Hazard Communication is an organized program designed to meet the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.1200), and the Idaho General Safety and Health Standards. It has specific requirements regarding an employee's right to know and understand chemical hazards in the workplace. The Hazard Communication policy outlines requirements and responsibilities for the program at various levels of involvement. These are summed up here for supervisors, employees, and unit administrators.
What is your role?
- Provide training opportunities for your employees.
- Make sure Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are readily accessible during each work shift and employees know where to find them.
- Refer to container labels and Safety Data Sheets before using a chemical or chemical product.
- Follow the precaution statements and use personal protective equipment as necessary or as required by your supervisor.
- Determine the applicability of the Hazard Communication Program to your area of responsibility.
- Ensure your supervisors have implemented the program for their employees.
- Periodically review your unit's program for effectiveness.