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Hazard Communication
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This topic covers OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS or HazCom), including the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) amendments.

It applies to every employer whose workers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, and requires the employer to make employees aware of these hazards. For a compliance timetable, links to GHS training materials, and additional GHS information, see this HazCom Training article and BLR’s GHS and Hazard Communication Resource Center.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • Labels for information about HazCom labeling requirements
  • SDS for information about HazCom SDS requirements

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Interpretations Current OSHA initiatives to improve quality of chemical hazard information provided to workers.[1910.1200; 1910.1200(g)] 08/27/2003National
Interpretations Definition of a mixture under the Hazard Communication standard. 10/13/1998National
Interpretations OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requirements for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).[1910.1200] 10/28/1996National
Interpretations OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. 11/27/1995National
Directives 03/20/1998 - Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200, 1915.99, 1917.28, 1918.90, 1926.59, 1928.21 07/22/2003National
Directives 03/22/1993 - CPL 2.34 CH-9 - Changes to the Construction Standard Alleged Violation Elements (SAVEs) Manual 07/22/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Hazard Communication - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Hazard Communication - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.1200 Hazard communication  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.1201 Retention of DOT markings, placards and labels  National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926 -- Hazard Communication Standard; Approval of Information Collection Requirements 10/15/2012National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926 -- Hazard Communication; Corrections and Technical Amendment 02/08/2013National
Interpretations A letter of compliance from OSHA regarding HAZCOM data sheets.( 1926.59) 09/07/1995National
Guidance Documents A Strategy for Assigning New NIOSH Skin Notations  National
Questions & Answers According to the HazCom standard, what hazardous chemicals, specifically, need to be shared/given/communicated to employees upon their hire? 05/13/2008National
Interpretations Application of the hazard communication standard to latex paints containing less than 6% crystalline silica.[1910.1200] 02/11/2004National
Questions & Answers Are there specific requirements for storage tanks with regard to the NPFA diamond labeling? Is the minimum gallon requirement 100 gallons? Does this apply only to flammables? 03/30/2010National
Questions & Answers Are we required to record the quantity/amount of each hazardous material listed on our Hazardous Material Inventory list? 10/19/2009National
Guidance Documents Chemical Hazard Communication  National
Handouts Chemical Hazard Communication (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Chemical Hazard Communication (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Trainer's Outlines Chemical Hazard Communication (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Interpretations Chemical manufacturer's responsibility with regard to inorganic arsenic under OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. 07/17/2008National
Training Tips Chemical Safety Questions? Read the Label!  National
Interpretations Clarification of Hazcom provision intended to preempt conflicting state regulatory actions, but not tort claims.[1910.1200; 1910.1200(a)(2)] 10/18/2011National
Interpretations Clarification of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.[1910.1200] 10/21/1996National
Interpretations Companies who send their employees to a service station to fill up company vehicles.(1910.1200) 12/28/1994National
Guidance Documents Comparison of NFPA 704 and HazCom 2012 Labels [OSHA QuickCard]  National
Clip Art Corrosive (JPG)  National
Interpretations Criteria for trade secret status[1910.1200(i)] 10/23/2001National
Guidance Documents December 1, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard [OSHA Fact Sheet]  National
Interpretations Definition of an "article" under the hazard communication standard.[1910.1200(b)(6)(iv)] 01/27/1993National
Questions & Answers Do we need to include all the immunizations given in our Peds department in our MSDS binder? 08/13/2009National
Case Studies Do You Have a Duty to Warn Workers' Families of Contamination Hazards?  National
Guidance Documents Draft Guidance for Hazard Communication  National
Guidance Documents Draft Model Training Program for Hazard Communication  National
Interpretations Employers responsibilities under HCS 2012 to classify hazards and create SDSs for products whose manufacturers are no longer in business [1910.1200] 01/14/2014National
Guidance Documents Facts on Aligning the Hazard Communication Standard to the GHS  National
Questions & Answers For in-plant labeling, may I use the NFPA fire diamond, properly filled out (i.e. numbered) along with a identifier (i.e. "Gasoline")? Do I need to any additional information? 12/11/2014National
Guidance Documents GHS and Hazard Communication 101  National
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