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HAZARD COMMUNICATION Every employee has a “Right to Know” about chemicals. The Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) was created by Cal-OSHA to provide individuals with information about the chemical hazards on the job, and how to protect themselves against those hazards. .

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hazard communication every employee has a right to know about chemicals
HAZARD COMMUNICATIONEvery employee has a “Right to Know” about chemicals.

The Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) was created by Cal-OSHA to provide individuals with information about the chemical hazards on the job, and how to protect themselves against those hazards.

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Chemicals are hazardous if they:

  • Cause acute health problems
    • (such as corrosives that can burn eyes or skin)
  • Cause chronic health problems
    • (such as toxic chemicals that can cause long-term illnesses, such as cancer)
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Hazards cont…
  • Suddenly release pressure
    • (these explosive chemicals includes gases that could expand violently)
  • Are flammable/combustible
    • (chemicals that catch fire easily)
  • Are reactive
    • (these chemicals are not stable, and thus can burn, explode, or release dangerous vapors if exposed to heat, air, water, or certain other chemicals.)
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The HazCom Standard details three-pronged compliance:

1) Chemical manufacturers are required to:

  • determine the physical and health hazards of each product they make.
  • provide detailed container labels and supply Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
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2) Employers are required to:

  • Make MSDS’s available to employees
  • Provide employees with training about the Hazard Communication Standard
  • Explain how it’s being put into effect in their workplace, including:
    • How to recognize, understand and use labels and MSDSs
    • Using safe procedures when working with hazardous substances
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3) Employees are required to:

  • Read labels and MSDS’s
  • Follow label and MSDS instructions and warnings.
  • You should know all about the chemicals you use BEFORE you attempt to use them.
additional requirements
Additional requirements:
  • All secondary containers of chemicals must be labeled with contents and hazard information if:
    • Container will leave the control of the initial user
    • Container will be stored

* Avoid the use of old beverage containers.

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Next steps…

  • Complete a chemical inventory.
  • Obtain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each chemical used or stored in your department. MSDS’s must be available to the employee.
  • Ensure that employees receive appropriate training.
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HAZARD COMMUNICATION cont.

How do I find MSDS’s?

  • Look up your chemical at www.msdsonline.com
    • Username: csuf
    • Password: bulldog
  • Call the chemical/product manufacturer or distributor.
  • “Google” your chemical/product or distributor
  • Call EH&S for assistance.
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Hazard communication cont.Training…

Determine the level of training needed

Level 1: High chemical use/exposure potential

(Research/laboratory, Ag or Grounds Maintenance)

Consult with EH&S for training.

Level 2: Medium chemical use/exposure potential

(Plant Operations/Maintenance)

Consult with EH&S to training.

Level 3: Minimal chemical use/exposure potential

(Administrative/Office work/Non-lab teaching)

See outline of necessary training on next slide.

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Hazard communication cont.Training…

Level 3

Provide training on:

  • Location of your MSDS files (must be available to the employee at will)
  • Right to know law*
  • How to read labels*
  • How to read MSDSs*

* Training handouts available from EH&S