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Hazard Communication. OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200. Introduction. The federal Hazard Communication Standard says that you have a “Right-To-Know” what hazards you face on the job and how to protect yourself against those hazards. That’s your Right-To-Know!. Purpose.

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Hazard communication


OSHA Standard

29 CFR 1910.1200



  • The federal Hazard Communication Standard says that you have a “Right-To-Know” what hazards you face on the job and how to protect yourself against those hazards.

    That’s your Right-To-Know!



  • The standard was developed to make sure that everyone who works with any hazardous chemical is aware of the hazards and the necessary precautions.

The standard applies to

The Standard applies to

  • Chemical Manufacturers

  • Employers

  • Employees

Chemical manufacturers

Chemical Manufacturers

  • Must determine the physical and health hazards of the products they make and provide that information to users.

Employers msu

Employers - MSU

  • Must determine which workplace materials are hazardous and provide employees with the information, training, and equipment they need to protect themselves and others.



  • Must use their Right-to-Know knowledge to stay safe and healthy on the job.

Why learn about chemicals

Why learn about chemicals?

  • Chemicals have many valuable uses and are used often.

  • But many chemicals also have hazards that can present risks to health and safety when they’re used on the job.

Chemical hazards

Chemical Hazards

  • Health

  • Physical

Health hazards

Health Hazards

  • Acute Health Problems

    • symptoms show up immediately after exposure

  • Chronic Health Problems

    • problems develop gradually from prolonged or repeated exposure

Physical hazards

Physical Hazards

  • Sudden release of pressure (explosion)

  • Flammable (catches fire easily)

  • Reactive (unstable chemicals)

Routes of entry

Routes of Entry

  • Inhalation

  • Ingestion

  • Injection

  • Skin Contact or Absorption

4 main areas of haz com

4 Main Areas of Haz Com

  • Labeling

  • Material Safety Data Sheets

  • Written Program

  • Education and Training



  • Every container of hazardous chemicals is labeled by the manufacturer.

  • Labels make it easy to find at a glance the chemical’s possible hazards and basic steps to take to protect yourself against those risks.

Parts of a label

Parts of a Label

  • Identity

  • Name and Address of the Manufacturer

  • Physical Hazards

  • Health Hazards

  • Proper Storage and Handling

Parts of a label1

Parts of a Label

  • Blue - Health

  • Red – Flammability

  • Yellow – Reactivity

  • White – Protective Equipment and Other

  • Scale 0-4

    • 0 = no danger

    • 4 = highest danger

Hazard communication

  • Pipes and piping systems do NOT require labels.

  • However, MSU must communicate the hazards of chemicals in unlabeled pipes to employees.

Hazard communication

  • Before you move, handle or open a chemical container, READ THE LABEL and follow the instructions.

Material safety data sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets

  • Detailed information sheet prepared by manufacturer or importer

  • Available for every hazardous chemical or substance

  • Contains information that:

    • Enables you to prepare for safe day-to-day use

    • Enables you to respond in emergencies

Contents of msds

Contents of MSDS

  • Chemical name

  • Company information

  • Hazardous ingredients

  • Physical characteristics

  • Fire and explosion data

  • Health hazard data

  • Reactivity data

  • Special precautions

    • Safe handling practices

    • PPE

    • What to do in case of spills or leaks

Location of msds

Location of MSDS

  • In your work area

    • Your supervisor will inform you of the specific location

  • Office of Environmental Safety and Health

Written program

Written Program

  • MSU must have a written Hazard Communication Program

    • Inform employees about standard

    • Information and training on the Hazard Communication program

    • Must be available to all employees

Education training

Education & Training

  • MSU must provide employees with education and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of initial assignment, and whenever a new chemical hazard is introduced into the work area.



  • You have a right to know about the chemical hazards in your workplace.

  • And you have a duty to use that right to learn about and protect yourself from those hazards.

Questions quiz

Questions & Quiz

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