Burgess Talks about Hazard Communication in OHS Magazine
April 1, 2022
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) demands attention to details, including making sure Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available, providing training and addressing chemical container labeling.
While attention to these details is vital, what is often lacking is attention to the purpose of the Hazard Communication Standard itself. The intent of the OSHA standard is to ensure that the millions of employees who are exposed to hazardous chemicals in their jobs understand the hazards and how to protect themselves.
Ultimately, meeting both the intent and compliance with the HCS means the employees must know the hazards and precautions. Hazard evaluation, SDS, labeling, written programs, information and training are all key elements intended to achieve this goal.
To learn more, read “Hazard Communication: Don’t Miss the Forest for the Trees,” by T&M’s Tom Burgess, CSP, CIH, in Occupational Health & Safety Magazine’s April edition here.