Dealing with Hazard Communication: The Basics

Hazard Communication Training 101

Nicknamed: HazCom

So, OSHA has decided to drop in and you’re in a pickle because as far as you know, you “think” everything is up-to-date. Where do you start and why on earth is this an HR problem?

Safety is such a large part of a manufacturing environment, this could probably be its own 30 book collection of posts. But in the interest of time and saving your sanity, here’s the quick and dirty.

What is HazCom?

HazCom is a program that is run under the United States Department of Labor and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The program is geared to the idea that all employees have the right to know what hazardous chemicals they are using and handling.

OSHA has now adopted the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) per the United Nations as part of their system of classifying, labeling, and maintaining data on hazardous chemicals.

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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.

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