Hazard Communication Standard

Published: | Updated: June 20, 2018

Definition - What does Hazard Communication Standard mean?

The Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) is an OSHA standard that is designed to address the issue of classifying the potential hazards posed by chemicals in the workplace. Its purpose is to ensure that employers and employees can quickly identify the hazards associated with a chemical and know what protective action to take. This OSHA standard spells out how employers are to inform their employees about workplace chemical hazards. It is enforced under the regulations found in 29 CFR 1910.1200.

Safeopedia explains Hazard Communication Standard

The Hazard Communication Standard requires that effective hazard communication in the workplace be achieved by recognizing and evaluating work place hazards, accurately labeling hazardous chemicals, along with the effective training of employees regarding the proper handling and use of those hazardous materials in the workplace. Under this standard, the manufacturer, importer or distributor is required to label each container of hazardous chemicals. It the chemical is transferred into unmarked containers, the new container must be labeled with the required information.

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