DANGER – HazCom vs HazMat Training 

So, I had a lovely surprise to my day today. The Toxics Management Division decided that they wanted to drop in and do a Hazardous Materials Inspection and Violation Report.

Needless to say, I’ve never worked in a manufacturing industry before, so imagine my surprise when they informed me that I was in charge of walking the person through it. But I’m just the HR girl, and apparently it suddenly became my responsibility since my Operations Manager was gone.

There are over 1000s of codes on what could or could not be a violation but let’s go over a very simple Human Resources one with a quick fix.

HazCom vs HazMat

Hazardous waste generators (ie. Our Company) are required to do Hazardous Communications (HazCom) AND Hazardous Materials Training (Hazmat). These can technically be both done at the same time but they are two different trainings with two different functions.

  • Hazardous Communication Program (HazCom) – is a “Right to Know” Program providing all of your employees with the information on chemicals they are using (paint, lead, etc.)
  • Hazardous Materials Program (Hazmat) – is a program that tells you how hazardous material should be handle and disposed of.

What does this mean for HR?

It means that we have to make sure that we are training our employees annually on the chemicals they come into contact with and how to find that information. And in addition, we need to train them on how to handle that material.

A third party can handle this for you, or if you stick with me I’ll break down the different things that should be included and you can create your own.

But what do I know? I’m…

~Just the HR Girl

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