Hazard Communication

The Vision Council is updating the Chemical Management and OSHA compliance resources to reflect numerous regulatory changes over the past several years. We will be sending a series of memos over the next few months, with training, templates, references, and OSHA required written programs. This second memo addresses OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard.

Failure to comply with OSHA's Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Standard is one of the most frequently cited OSHA regulations, second only to fall prevention. Employers are required to have site-specific written programs detailing their HAZCOM compliance methods. Penalties for failing to comply with the HAZCOM can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

The written Hazard Communication Program must consist of:

  1. Company policy
  2. Container labeling
  3. Managing Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  4. Employee training
  5. Informing other employees and contractors
  6. Maintaining hazardous chemical inventory
  7. Name(s) and/or position(s) of those responsible for each element of the program

A sample written HAZCOM program can be accessed by The Vision Council members here and customized for their use. We have also created a HAZCOM Power Point training presentation for your team here.

The OSHA HAZAOM standard, 29CFR1910.1200, can be found at https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.1200

Note: Federal OSHA requires HAZCOM training prior to potential exposure to hazardous chemicals for new employees and contractors, and when a new chemical or hazard is introduced into the workplace. Your state may also require annual training.

Members of The Vision Council have access to Chemical Management, OSHA Compliance, and Workplace Safety consulting services from industry expert Roger Arrowood at a discounted rate. Roger can be reached at rarrowood1974@gmail.com.