Employers that have hazardous chemicals in their workplaces are required by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard to implement a hazard communication program. The program must include labels on containers of hazardous chemicals, safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous chemicals, and training for workers. Each employer must also describe in a written program how it will meet the requirements of the HCS in each of these areas.
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to inform workers about the hazards of chemicals they come in contact with through safety data sheets and appropriate labels. Information about the identities and hazards of chemicals and other hazardous materials must be available and understandable, and workers must receive training on the proper and safe handling of all hazardous materials.
In addition, the safe storage of hazardous materials is essential to any workplace safety program in order to prevent injuries, fires and other hazardous conditions.
For more information see OSHA’s Fact Sheet on effective hazard communication.