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Hazardous Communication Program. “Right to Know” Lamar State College-Orange. What is the Hazardous Communication Program?. This program is designed to provide knowledge, warning, protection and training to employees who may be exposed to hazards of chemicals and other materials

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hazardous communication program

HazardousCommunication Program

“Right to Know”

Lamar State College-Orange


This program is designed to provide knowledge, warning, protection and training to employees who may be exposed to hazards of chemicals and other materials

  • The program is written in accordance with RMTSA Guidelines, Volume III, Section Two, Chapter 7.12; Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 502, Texas Hazard Communication Act; OSHA, 29 CFR 1910.1200 (e) (1)

Chemicals are part of every day life.

It is every employee’s


about the potentially hazardous chemicals and materials that are near their work area.

hazardous chemicals
Hazardous Chemicals
  • Any chemical that can damage the lungs, eyes, skin or mucous membranes
  • Any liquid, solid or gas that could present a physical or health hazard may include:
    • Irritants – substances that cause inflammation or painful reaction
    • Corrosives – substances that will destroy or cause irreversible damage to another surface
    • Carcinogens – agents directly involved in causing cancer
    • Toxins – substances that are poisonous
hazardous chemical examples
Hazardous Chemical Examples
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Degreasers
  • Fertilizer
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Compressed Gas
  • Fingernail Polish Remover
  • Hair Color
  • Peroxide
  • Gasoline
hazardous communication program administrator
Hazardous Communication Program Administrator
  • Responsible for the initiation of the program
  • Administers the Program
  • Performs the annual inventory audit
departmental hazardous communication coordinator
Departmental Hazardous Communication Coordinator
  • Reports to the Program Administrator on an annual basis
  • Administers the program within the department
  • Appoints staff or faculty to assist in the program
  • Provides departmental training
faculty staff students
Faculty, Staff, Students
  • Actively participate in program
  • Attend training
  • Practice safe handling of potentially hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Notify department coordinator of suspected hazards
  • Point out suspected hazards
five basic components
Five Basic Components
  • Inventory and Audit
  • Labels and Labeling
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Personnel Training and Information
  • Written Hazard Communication Program “Right to Know” Policy
component 1 inventory and audit
Component 1: Inventory and Audit
  • A list of potentially hazardous chemicals/materials should include:
    • Chemical/product name
    • Manufacturer
    • Internet address of the MSDS
    • Quantity of product
    • Area where the potentially hazardous chemical/materials are stored
    • Hazard Type and severity rating
  • Inventory lists will be audited annually
identification system similarities
Identification System Similarities
  • Each system uses the following four color-coded fields:

Flammability (red)

Health (blue)

Reactivity (yellow)

Special Instructions (white)

  • Each uses a system of five numbers, ranging from 0 to 4, indicating severity of the hazard:
    • 0 being the least
    • 4 being the most hazardous
identification system differences
Identification System Differences
  • Shape
    • NFPA uses four diamonds
    • HMIG and HMIS use four (4) horizontal bars
  • Interpretation of the white field
    • NFPA is used to alert fire fighters regarding special precautions
    • HMIG and HMIS use this field to indicate need for protective equipment
  • Hazardous Material Information System Developedby the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA)

Product Identification

Acute Numeric Health Rating and Chronic Hazard Indicator

Flammable Rating

Reactivity Rating

Personal Protective Equipment Code (PPE)


  • Hazardous Material Identification Guide

Developed by Lab Safety Supply, Inc. in

Janesville, WI

Product Identification

Acute Numeric Health Rating

Flammable Rating

Reactivity Rating

Personal Protective Equipment Code (PPE)

n fpa
  • National Fire Protection Agency Identification System Developed for Fire Fighters

Flammable Rating

Acute Numeric Health Rating

Reactivity Rating

Special Precautions

nfpa flammability scale
NFPAFlammability Scale


Susceptibility of Material to Burning



Special Precautions

component 2 labels and labeling
Component 2: Labels and Labeling
  • All potentially hazardous chemicals or materials on hand or received must have a label that will specify at least:
    • The chemical name
    • Any specific warning or other hazard information
    • Identification of the manufacturer or supplier and address
  • A potentially hazardous chemical or material label must always remain intact and should never be defaced in any manner
component 3 material safety d ata sheets msds
Component 3: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

MSDS are documents intended to inform workers and emergency personnel about a particular substance. Information includes:

  • Product Identification
  • Product information and emergency phone number
  • First Aid procedures when the following has occurred:
    • Ingestion (swallowed)
    • Eye contact
    • Skin contact (absorption through the skin)
    • Inhalation (breathing)

NFPA Diamond



Product Information

First Aid Information

msds file locations
MSDS File Locations
  • Hazard Communication Program binder
    • Hard copy
    • MyLSC-O Safety Channel
    • Electronic copy
component 4 personnel training and information
Component 4: Personnel Training and Information
  • All personnel will be informed of the program annually or at the time of initial assignment
  • General program information and training will be provided through a variety of media by each department
  • Personnel will validate in writing that they have attended a required training session and that they understand the policy relative to their department
component 5 written hazard communication program right to know policy
Component 5: Written Hazard Communication Program “Right to Know” Policy

Departmental Coordinators will receive a copy of the Hazardous Communication Program policy which will be located in the Yellow Program Binder


Each department is issued a Hazardous Communication Program in a Yellow binder provided by the Hazard Communications Program Administrator

  • Each yellow binder contains:
  • 1. Hazardous Chemical Inventory
  • 2. Waste Management Contractor’s List
  • 3. Hazard Communication Plan “Right To Know”
  • 4. MSDS hard copies
check your answers
Check Your Answers

1. D. All of the Above

2. D. None of the Above

3. A. Flammability Hazard

4. C. Is Deadly

5. B. False

6. C. Material Safety Data Sheet

7. D. All of the Above

8. D. Both B and C

9. B. False

10. D. All of the Above

  • You have completed the first phase of your training
  • You are the most valuable component of this Hazardous Communication Program
  • Your involvement has an important impact on the success of this program

Thank You For Your ParticipationPlease print your certificate and fill in your name and date of completion.DHCC will initial certificate to verify training completion and forward the certificate to HCPA.