Brady - 5 Steps to Hazard Communication Compliance

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By Tom Campbell, Global Portfolio Manager - Safety & Compliance, Brady Corporation

OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS or Hazcom) is one of the most important occupational safety standards, as it ensures employees are made aware of the potentially hazardous chemicals and risks to which they may be exposed.

Nonetheless, HazCom is annually one of the most frequently violated OSHA standards. Year after year, employers find themselves struggling to create a compliant Hazard Communications program. Plus, with the anticipated changes to the HazCom standard to harmonize it with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, even more questions abound.

To make sure your facility is in compliance with current hazard communication standards and your employees understand and follow proper procedures, follow these 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Develop a written Hazard Communication plan.

Hazard communication plans should include a summary of the hazardous chemicals and contain your hazard communication program or policy.

Documenting your organization's policy for dealing with hazardous chemicals in the workplace is vital to ensure safety for all employees. Start by documenting a detailed program that includes: the purpose and scope of your hazard communication policy, best practices for communicating chemical hazards, a review of up-to-date hazard communication standards, employee training programs, and a regular inspection schedule. Other details may be included as necessary. The program or policy you create should be developed, implemented, and maintained at each physical workplace...

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