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Hazard Communication
National Summary

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 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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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
Interpretations Abortion clinics do not comply with OSHA regulations and guidelines [1910.1200; 1910.1030] 12/13/1994National
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 Additional requirements for distributors from the August 24, 1987 expansion of the HCS [1910.1200] 10/05/1987National
Interpretations Applicability of 1910.120(p)(2) to a RCRA TSD hazardous waste site handling PCBs 02/15/1991National
Interpretations Applicability of HCS standard to shipment of truck parts 08/11/1986National
Interpretations Applicability of the Hazard Communication standard to DEF tank operations [1910.1200; 1910.1200(d)(3); 1910.1200(h)(3); 1910.1200(g)(8)] 05/12/2011National
Interpretations Applicability of the Hazard Communication standard to pesticides [1910.1200(f)(5)(i) ; 1910.1200(f)(5)(ii) ; 1910.1200(f)(6)] 05/01/1986National
Interpretations Applicability of the Hazard Communication Standard to stevedores in the containerized shipping industry [1910.1200] 11/17/1988National
Interpretations Applicability of the HCS to alpha-alumina [1910.1200(d)] 04/17/1988National
Interpretations Applicability of the HCS to an employer using portland cement [1910.1200] 01/23/1989National
Interpretations Applicability of the HCS to castings [1910.1200] 03/20/1986National
Interpretations Applicability of the HCS to crystalline silica, when bound in a polymeric compound and silicone rubber elastomers [1910.1200] 02/08/1989National
Interpretations Applicability of the HCS to diesel exhaust emissions and diesel fuel [1910.1200] 12/22/1988National
Interpretations Applicability of the HCS to manufacturers of steel coils [1910.1200] 08/18/1987National
Interpretations Applicability of the revised Hazard Communication Standard to the grain industry [1910.1200] 11/20/1987National
Interpretations Applicable regulations when handling waste material classified as "sludge exempt" in regards to the Hazard Communication and HAZWOPER standards [1910.120; 1910.120(a)(3); 1910.120(q); 1910.1200; 1910.1200(c)] 06/23/2005National
Interpretations Application of OSHA's Amended Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) to Combustible Dust [1910.1200] 03/04/2014National
Interpretations Application of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to hydrotreated refined oils [1910.1200] 11/09/1990National
Interpretations Application of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to Independent beauty salon Contractors [1975.3; 1910.1200(b)] 02/14/1990National
Interpretations Application of the Hazard Communication standard to a nuisance particulate [1910.1200] 01/16/1986National
Interpretations Application of the Hazard Communication Standard to art materials industry [1910.1200] 09/17/1987National
Interpretations Application of the hazard communication standard to latex paints containing less than 6% crystalline silica.[1910.1200] 02/11/2004National
Interpretations Application of the Hazard Communication Standard to lift trucks [1910.1200] 03/17/1986National
Interpretations Application of the HCS to Borax Powered Hand Soap [1910.1200] 06/30/1986National
Interpretations Application of the HCS to flavor extracts [1910.1200] 03/21/1986National
Interpretations Application of the HCS to non-manufacturing scrap dealers who collect waste metal for resale [1910.1200] 05/23/1986National
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
Interpretations Cancer warning labels for formaldehyde and products containing formaldehyde [1910.1200(f)] 08/07/1987National
Interpretations Carcinogen labeling requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard [1910.1200(f)] 12/04/1989National
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