Hazardous Communication (Hazcom) Training

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What’s Hazcom? Are there any sample training materials I can use as a template to get this going at my brewery? 

The Safety Exchange Says: Hazcom is short for “Hazard Communication.” It relates specifically to hazardous chemicals in the workplace. Sometimes it is called “Worker Right to Know” because the employer has the responsibility to provide information, training, and protective equipment to to all employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. You also need to be mindful of what chemicals your contractors may bring to your worksite, such as pickling paste for stainless steel passivation. Don’t forget that the employee also has the responsibility to follow these requirements and seek out information to protect him- or herself.

Training is just part of Hazcom. The employer has to have a written program, workplace notices, labels, and maintain safety data sheets (SDS). Important parts of the written program include established training in SDS comprehension and personal protective equipment. There are many templates for written programs available. Most State OSHA programs have sample programs or you can search the Internet for public domain programs or purchase one from a safety supply house or publishing entity. When searching for a template always begin by first familiarizing yourself with the requirements. Only then will you know you’ve found a decent and complete template.

Recently, Hazcom has been undergoing revisions as part of something called the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Under GHS, labels and safety data sheets are being adapted to international standards, but the fundamental structure of Hazcom remains intact. You can lean more about Hazard Communication from OSHA.

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