The Hazard Communication regulation is the standard that gives workers the right to know. With the recent changes that took place in the re-write of this standard it has now become easier to understand. In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:
- Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers;
- All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
Staying current with the education and training part of this standard is a requirement for your EHS program.
Please contact ISRI at any time if you have questions related to EHS education and training in your work environment. For more information contact Tony Smith – ISRI’s Director of Safety Outreach.