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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

Hazard communication

Material safety data sheets
Material Safety Data Sheets THE LABEL and follow the instructions.

  • 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 THE LABEL and follow the instructions.

  • 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 THE LABEL and follow the instructions.

  • In your work area

    • Your supervisor will inform you of the specific location

  • Office of Environmental Safety and Health

Written program
Written Program THE LABEL and follow the instructions.

  • 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 THE LABEL and follow the instructions.

  • 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.

Summary THE LABEL and follow the instructions.

  • 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 THE LABEL and follow the instructions.