OSTS provides full support for our clients as it relates to the Hazard Communication Standard requirements.

This standard is designed to ensure that employers and employees know about hazardous chemicals in the workplace and how to protect themselves. Employers with employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace must prepare and implement a written Hazard Communication Program and comply with all other requirements of the standard.

Regulatory Requirement Summary

Hazard Communication Standard – CCR Title 8 Section 5194 (California OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.1200 (Federal OSHA)

Who does it apply to:

  • All employers who have employees who work with hazardous chemicals / substances

Major Standard requirements

  • Chemical Usage Evaluation
  • Written Policies and Procedures Development
  • Update/Acquisition of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
  • Acceptance of Labeling System
  • Initial Employee Training/Right-To-Know
  • Program Maintenance
    • Maintenance of container labeling
    • Maintenance of SDSs / Chemical Inventory
    • Effective employee re-training

Chemical usage evaluation – OSTS consultants will assist you with the identification and organization of hazardous substances used within your operation.

Program Development – OSTS will develop your Hazard Communications Program as required by Cal OSHA, CCR Title 8 Section 5194. The program will include all necessary policies and procedures.

Program Implementation – Training for Safety Director and /or Committee on how to implement and manage the program. Includes Safety Data Sheet acquisition advice, labeling system adoption advice, and hazard substance management advice.

Hazard Communication Employee Training – This training session will ensure that the students understand the potential for exposure and their liability and responsibility as it relates to the company’s Hazard Communication Program. Individuals who participate in this training will be given a comprehensive overview of the Standard, your written policies and procedures, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), appropriate hazard labeling, and the “Employee Right-To-Know” (Prop. 65) information. Participants will receive materials/handouts needed to assist in subject retention.

Training sessions may consist of lecture, powerpoint presentations, handouts, video presentation, student exercises, hands-on exercises, and quizzes / examinations.   Each subject that OSTS presents may include one or more of the teaching methods listed.