Chemical Hazard Communication Program

Chemical Hazard Communication Program

All departments which use chemical products* must develop a Hazard Communication Program which addresses the following:

  • Inventory of all chemicals present in the workplace
  • Hazard(s) associated with those chemicals
  • How to read manufacturer labels, and how to label secondary containers
  • How to read Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and the location of the department’s SDSs
  • How employees can protect themselves from hazards in the work area, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where appropriate

EHS has developed a Chemical Hazard Communication Program Template to assist departments in development of their programs. The complete plan must also include the department’s chemical inventory and SDSs.

Contact EHS for assistance, 372-7163.

* This standard does not apply to consumer products which are used in the workplace for the manufacturer’s intended purpose, provided that the duration and frequency of use/exposure experienced by that of consumers.

For example, if an office worker uses a cleaning product to clean their desktop once a week, that use is consistent with a typical consumer and is exempt from the Hazard Communication standard. However, a custodian who uses the same product several times per day on tabletops and surfaces has a much greater rate of exposure than the typical consumer, so the custodian’s use is included under the standard.