OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (29CFR 1910.1200) provides people the right-to-understand the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to in the workplace. When employees have this information, they may effectively participate in their employers’ protective programs and take steps to protect themselves. In addition, the standard gives employers the information they need to design and implement an effective protective program for employees potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals. Together these actions will result in a reduction of chemical source illnesses and injuries in American workplaces.
Employers are required to:
1) Identify hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
2) Implement a written Hazard Communication Program.
3) Ensure that hazardous chemicals are properly labeled, in accordance with 1910.1200 (including the new GHS labeling requirements).
4) Maintain an accessible copy of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each hazardous chemical.
5) Train employees on chemical hazards and exposure prevention.