It is required by OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1200 that employers working with
hazardous chemicals develop and implement a written Hazard Communication
Program. Hazard Communication training is important in ensuring chemical safety in
your workplace. Chemicals represent a very serious danger in many environments, so
having everyone armed with this type of knowledge will significantly reduce the risk of
Providing employees with training that is specifically for HazCom will help them to
understand the various standards that are used throughout many industries. This will
help ensure new employees, contractors, and visitors to a facility are able to conduct
themselves safely. It will also help to prevent misunderstandings, miscommunications,
and other problems that can cause accidents and injuries.
Ensuring chemical safety in the workplace includes providing information about the
identities and hazards of the chemicals. These identities and hazards must be available
and understandable to workers. A successful Hazard Communication Program should
consist of management and employee commitment, a written program, hazard
identification/classification, proper labeling, safety data sheets, an employee information
and training program, and a contractor policy.