OSHA/HAZ-COM Program Consultancy
OSHA/HAZ-COM Program Consultancy:
The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, also known as HazCom (HCS), is a U.S. regulation that governs the evaluation and communication of hazards associated with chemicals in the workplace. An effective Hazardous Communication (HAZCOM) program depends on the credibility of management’s involvement in the program; inclusion of employees in safety and health decisions; rigorous worksite analysis to identify hazards and potential hazards, including those which could result from a change in worksite conditions or practices; stringent prevention and control measures; and thorough training. It addresses hazards whether or not they are regulated by government standards. The following references characterize and further explain HAZCOM programs.
All workplaces where employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals must have a written plan that describes how the standard will be implemented in that facility.
All containers of hazardous chemicals must be labeled, tagged, or marked with the identity of the material and appropriate hazard warnings.
Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to obtain or develop an SDS for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Distributors are responsible for ensuring that their customers are provided a copy of these SDSs. Employers must have an SDS for each hazardous chemical they use.
Each employee who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals when working must be provided information and trained prior to initial assignment to work with a hazardous chemical, and whenever the hazard changes.