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Hazard Communication Program – For Your Protection - March 2017
Through the course of your job duties, you may be required
to work with dangerous chemicals. [C_Officialname] is dedicated to ensuring
your safety, so we have a Hazard Communication Program in place. The goal of
this program is to make you aware of chemicals you may be in contact with on
the job and to help you understand the potential hazards of those chemicals.
This education is required by the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA).
It is equally important to learn this information to keep customers safe in the
event they are exposed to any hazardous chemicals.
Safety Data Sheets
One important key to a Hazard Communication Program is the
Safety Data Sheet (SDS), which contains information broken down into 16
different categories. This sheet tells you everything you need to know about a
specific chemical, including:
- The health hazards associated with the chemical
- How flammable the product is, and at what
temperature it may ignite
- The reactivity of the chemical with water or
other agents and how likely it is to explode
- What personal protective equipment (PPE) is
needed to work with the chemical
- Other important aspects of the Hazard
Communication Program include:
- Accurate labeling of containers that contain
chemicals, including warning labels when applicable.
- Ensuring that labels are not removed.
- Employee training in accordance with your job
duties relating to chemicals.
Through our Hazard Communication Program, every employee
should learn the following information:
- What chemicals might I handle or be exposed to
on the job?
- Where are the SDSs kept for the chemicals I am
- What kinds of hazards do I face when I use, or
misuse, a particular chemical?
- Do I understand the emergency procedures to
follow in the event of a spill?
Though it is our goal to teach you the information you need,
it is your responsibility to learn it and ask questions if necessary. You should
follow all safety procedures when working around chemicals, keep in mind
potential hazards and always wear appropriate PPE. You are also entitled to
obtain a written copy of our Hazard Communication Program – simply ask your
It may seem overwhelming to learn about all the chemicals
you may handle or be exposed to, but it is important knowledge that all workers
should have. Always be sure to ask questions or reference the appropriate SDS
if you forget or have yet to learn about a certain chemical. Failing to do so
could result in an extremely hazardous situation for you, your co-workers and