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The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)

Hazard Communication Standard

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If you’re exposed to hazardous chemicals at work, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) will help you identify the hazards of those materials and how to use them safely. Your employer must also teach you about the protective measures when working with hazardous chemicals.

When you have this important information, you’ll be able to take steps to protect yourself from the negative effects caused by accidental exposure.

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires employers and manufacturers to develop and distribute chemical information as described below:

  • Chemical manufacturers and importers must classify 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.
  • Employers with classified hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and
    safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train workers to safely handle those
    chemicals.

What Are Hazardous Chemicals

As mentioned above, the standard requires your employer to provide information to
employees about the hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed, by means of:

1. Hazard communication program
2. Labels and other forms of warning
3. Safety data sheets
4. Information and training

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