Hazard Communication Regulatory Update
As of June 1, 2016, there was a significant change to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29CFR1910.1200). Employers are required to update labeling on hazardous chemical containers, improve their hazard communication programs, and administer employee training for any new physical or health hazards. Employers must ensure properly labeling on shipped containers include:
• Signal word
• Hazard statement
• Precautionary statement
As an alternative, employers may provide labeling of product identifier, pictures, symbols, or a combination of all three in conjunction with the hazard communication program to inform employees of the specific chemical hazards. In either case, the labeling must be readily accessible to the employee and prominently displayed on the container.
Employers will provide information and training on hazardous chemicals during initial training and any time a new chemical hazard is introduced in the workplace. Employees must be made aware of the location of hazardous chemicals, the written hazard communication program, and the list of hazardous chemicals on site and their respective safety data sheets (SDS).
Employees will be trained in implemented workplace procedures to protect them from exposure to hazardous chemicals. The procedures may include conscious work practices, emergency procedures, and/or personal protective equipment that may be required.