Hazard Communication laws & safety compliance analysis

Hazard Communication : What you need to know


This analysis describes the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), or worker “right-to-know,” requirements for general industry and construction workplaces, including OSHA’s adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA’s HazCom rule for the construction industry adopts the general industry rule by reference.

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The purpose of HazCom is to address the issue of classifying the potential hazards of chemicals and to ensure that employers and employees can identify and understand hazardous chemicals in their workplace, the physical and health hazards associated with them, and how to take protective action.

29 CFR 1910.1200(b)

HazCom applies to almost every organization and employer covered by OSHA regulations. It applies to manufacturers, importers, and distributors of hazardous chemicals and to employers with employees exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals in general industry workplaces, shipyards, marine terminals, longshore operations, and construction sites, and in certain agricultural workplaces.

Chemical Manufacturers and Importers

HazCom requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate and classify the hazardous chemicals that they produce or import in terms of their physical and health hazards, as well as to establish hazard communication programs for their workers.

Chemical Distributors

Distributors of hazardous chemical products must transmit the required information about hazards to employers that purchase or receive such products from them.

Chemical Users

Employers that store and use chemicals but do not produce or import them do not ...

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