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. Employers that have hazardous chemicals in their workplaces are required by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200 to implement a hazard communication program.
The Hazard Communication Program must include a written plan to indicate how hazard communication will be addressed in the facility. Contents of the plan must include:
- A list or inventory of all hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
- A requirement for all shipped containers to be labeled.
- A requirement for workplace containers to be labeled where required.
- Maintenance of Safety Data Sheets for each hazardous chemical in the workplace.
- Readily accessible Safety Data Sheets are available to all employees.
- A training requirement for employees with hazardous chemicals in their work area before initial assignment, and when new hazards are introduced. Include the requirements of the standard, hazards of chemicals, appropriate protective measures, and where and how to obtain additional information.