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Hazard Communication Standard Resources

Chemscape is proud to be a leading provider of SDS management solutions in the USA, providing American businesses with valuable insights relating to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) commonly referred to as HazCom. Within this HazCom resources section, we have compiled information to provide an in-depth look at commonly asked questions pertaining to HCS guidelines and best-practices.

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Hazard Communication Standard Guides

Browse Chemscape’s essential HCS guides to learn the basics of HazCom which addresses chemical workplace safety requirements in the USA so that suppliers, employers, and workers understand their responsibilities in order to mitigate occupational hazards and diseases. 

HazCom FAQs

HazCom is short for Hazard Communication, it refers to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard which addresses chemical hazards and safety in the workplace. The Hazard Communication Standard is an American-wide system that has been in place since 2012. It’s based on the principle that workers have a need and the right to know about the hazardous materials that are at their workplace, as well as the appropriate protective measures to prevent unwanted health effects.

Under HazCom suppliers have the responsibility to:   

  • Classify hazards for the products they manufacture, import, and distribute.   
  • Create container labels and Safety Data Sheets for their hazardous products.   
  • Provide SDSs to customers with purchase of the hazardous product.  

Under HazCom, employers have the responsibility to:   

  • Train workers on HazCom.    
  • Inform workers of the hazardous products at their workplace and how to protect themselves from harm.    
  • Make SDSs readily available.   
  • Ensure hazardous products in the workplace are labelled.   
  • Develop a written hazard communication program.   
  • Maintain a list of all hazardous chemicals present at the workplace.   
  • Make PPE available for workers. 

Under HazCom, employees have the responsibility to:   

  • Participate in training. 
  • Take necessary steps to protect themselves and their co-workers. 
  • Participate in identifying and controlling hazards. 
  • Communicate to your employer any problems with labels and SDSs. 
  • Refuse unsafe work.

Suppliers need to prepare a Safety Data Sheet that accurately reflects the hazard classification of the product. Suppliers need to update the SDS with any new significant information within 3 months of becoming aware of this information.

Suppliers need to ensure containers of hazardous products are shipped with a label. Employers need to ensure hazardous products in the workplace are labelled. Any significant information change regarding the hazards of a chemical requires the supplier to revise the label for the chemical within six months of becoming aware of the new information.

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