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Course 705 - Hazard Communication Program

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Modules: 6
Hours: 5
Sectors: General Industry

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Course 705 Hazard Communication Program

Key Topics

  • Analyzing for Hazardous Chemicals
  • Forms of Hazardous Chemicals
  • Routes of Entry
  • Container Labeling
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Basics
  • Practical Exercise
  • HAZCOM Information and Training Requirements
  • Scope, Application and Program Responsibilities

Target Audience

  • Trainer
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
 

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Introduction: The Numbers

Overview of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) - Emedco

More than 30 million workers are potentially exposed to one or more chemical hazards. There are an estimated 650,000 existing hazardous chemical products, and hundreds of new ones are being introduced annually. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employers.

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) - 29 CFR 1910.1200 provides workers exposed to hazardous chemicals with the right-to-know the identities and hazards of those materials, as well as appropriate protective measures. When workers have such information, they are able to take steps to protect themselves from experiencing adverse effects from exposure.

It's important that you be familiar with OSHA's hazard communication standards to help save lives and avoid OSHA citations. Take a look at OSHA's top 10 most cited violations for 2016 and you will see that hazard communication ranks high.

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Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations for 2017:

  1. 1926.501 - Fall Protection - Construction
  2. 1910.1200 - Hazard Communication - General Industry
  3. 1926.451 - Scaffolding - Construction
  4. 1910.134 - Respiratory Protection - General Industry
  5. 1910.147 - Lockout/Tagout - General Industry
  6. 1926.1053 - Ladders - Construction
  7. 1910.178 - Powered Industrial Trucks - General Industry
  8. 1910.212 - Machine Guarding - General Industry
  9. 1926.503 - Fall Protection - Training Requirements - Construction
  10. 1910.305 - Electrical- Wiring Methods - General Industry

Protection under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) includes all workers exposed to hazardous chemicals in all industrial sectors. This standard is based on a simple concept - that employees have both a need and a right to know the hazards and the identities of the chemicals they are exposed to when working. They also need to know what protective measures are available to prevent adverse effects from occurring.

Benefits

The HCS covers both physical hazards (such as flammability or the potential for explosions), and health hazards (including both acute and chronic effects). By making information available to employers and employees about these hazards, and recommended precautions for safe use, proper implementation of the HCS will result in a reduction of illnesses and injuries caused by chemicals. Employers will have the information they need to design an appropriate protective program. Employees will be better able to participate in these programs effectively when they understand the hazards involved, and take steps to protect themselves. Together, these employer and employee actions will prevent the occurrence of adverse effects caused by the use of chemicals in the workplace.

Check out this short audio clip by Dan Clark of the theSafetyBrief.com discusses new requirements for labeling chemicals. In this podcast, HazCom industry expert Chuck Paulausky details these new standards, based on the Globally Harmonized System, GHS.

Course Objectives

This course will focus on the responsibilities of the employer in establishing and implementing an effective hazard communication program. By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. List the primary Hazard Communications Standard responsibilities for manufacturers, distributors, importers, and employers.
  2. Describe the four basic elements of the Hazard Communications Program.
  3. Discuss the nature of chemical hazards and the types of exposures they present.
  4. List the information required on each of the four types of hazardous chemical containers.
  5. Describe each of the 16 sections of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
  6. Identify the basic requirements of the hazard communication training program.

Modules

To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. General Responsibilities
  2. Analyzing the Workplace
  3. Container Labeling
  4. Safety Data Sheets
  5. Information and Training
  6. Program Analysis Exercise

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