Hazard communication: Successful strategies to avoid one of the most commonly cited violations

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Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) managers must be constantly aware of the numerous and ever-changing chemicals that are present at their facility, as each chemical presents unique risks to the workforce and other onsite personnel. Seemingly innocent mistakes such as storing a chemical improperly or mislabeling a container can lead to potentially catastrophic consequences. Therefore, it is imperative that EHS managers take the necessary steps to ensure the safe usage and handling of chemicals within their facility.

A key component in the safe usage and handling of chemicals is complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) [29 CFR 1910.1200].  The HCS requires the classification of potential hazards associated chemicals and the communication of information about the hazards and appropriate protective measures to employees.  The communication of these hazards takes many forms, including written programs, specific labeling requirements, safety data sheets (SDS), and training.

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