Chemicals have become an important element of almost every aspect of modern life. All of these chemicals—from cleaning fluids to pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and paints—are produced in workplaces, and may be used in workplaces downstream. While these chemicals have utility and benefits in their applications, they also have the potential to cause adverse effects. These adverse effects include both health hazards (such as carcinogenicity and sensitization), and physical hazards (for example, flammability and reactivity properties).
In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information. Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers. All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
This training course will help employers provide the proper and necessary OSHA required training concerning hazard communications safety. It will take you approximately 30 minute to complete and will cover the following topics:
- Contents of the OSHA standard
- Hazard Classification
- Who is covered by the standard
- Safety Data Sheets
- Understanding Chemicals
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals
- Leaks and Spills