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.
Refer to the following links for more information regarding Hazard Communication:
- WAC 296-901, Hazard Communication
- Safety Policies and Procedures 5.10 – Chemical Hazard Communication Program
- Brochure – Chemical Hazard Communication: Your Right to Know
- Brochure – Chemical Safety: Labels and MSDSs
- OSHA Brief – Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets
- OSHA Brief – Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms
* 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.