Hazard Communication Outline

General Background:

About 32 million workers are potentially exposed to one or more chemical hazards on a daily basis. There are an estimated 575,000 existing chemical products, and hundreds of new ones being introduced annually. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employer. The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29CFR1910.1200) establishes uniform requirements to make sure that the hazards of all chemicals imported into, produced, or used in U.S. workplaces are evaluated, and that this hazard information is transmitted to all affected workers.

The following course outline is designed to make employees aware of the hazards in their workplace and the resources available to help educate the employee on controlling these hazards.

  1. Overview
    1. Hazards associated with the use of chemicals.
    2. Elements of a hazard communication program.
    3. How employees can protect themselves by reading product warning labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS).
    4. Identifying chemicals used in work areas and where MSDSs are located in the workplace.
  2. Hazardous Chemicals
    1. Definitions of physical hazards and health hazards.
    2. Who identifies these hazards?
    3. How physical and health hazards are identified.
  3. Elements of Hazard Communication
    1. Ways employers convey information about the hazard communication program.
    2. Types of information employers must give employees about their hazard communication program.
    3. Hazard Communication on information from a product label and MSDS
  4. Protecting Yourself
    1. Routes of entry to the human body.
    2. Methods of monitoring chemicals and toxicity.
    3. Methods employers use to protect employees.
    4. Identifying information about chemicals.

NOTE: CSEM, Inc. may be contacted in the future to schedule a workplace evaluation in an effort to help maintain compliance with this regulation

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