Chemical Safety and Hazard Communicatio

December 2021 Safety Topic

December 1, 2021

The OSHA Hazard Communication standard is to ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are classified, and that information concerning the classified hazards is transmitted to employers and employees. While all containers of hazardous chemicals must be clearly labeled, there may be problems, especially if a label is impossible to read.

While management has a responsibility to inform employees of significant chemical hazards, employees have the right to know about such dangers.

Protect yourself from chemical hazards

Read chemical labels thoroughly and consult safety data sheets (SDSs) before chemical use. SDSs provide comprehensive information about a substance or mixture that is used in the workplace. They are used as a source of information about hazards and help you obtain advice on safety precautions when working with chemicals.

Hazard Communication training helps you to work safely with chemicals:

  • You have the right to know what chemicals are present in the workplace.
  • You have the right to know the hazards they present.
  • You have the right to know how to work safely with chemicals.
  • You have the right to know how to protect yourself.

You also have the duty to know:

  • Where hazardous chemicals are present.
  • The physical and health hazards of the chemicals in your work area.
  • How to protect yourself from those hazards.
  • Methods used to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals in ways that could be dangerous to you.

Always read chemical labels! They are there for your protection. For more detailed information, speak to your supervisor, refer to the chemical's Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and follow safe workplace practices. For Compiance please follow link.