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What is HAZCOM?

The Hazard Communication Standard, also known as the Right-to-Know Law and more commonly as HAZCOM, is a federal regulation designed to protect workers from hazardous chemicals in the workplace. The goal of HAZCOM is to help employers and employees recognize dangerous materials in their work environment and the hazards these materials present.

HAZCOM requires that all chemical manufacturers evaluate hazards of the chemicals they produce or import. They must prepare labels and material safety data sheets, also known as MSDS, and must train exposed workers appropriately. Training must cover proper protection, detection of a release or spill, hazards of chemicals at the worksite, and details of any site-specific HAZCOM programs.

Employers are required to identify all hazardous materials in the workplace and keep up to date MSDS for every chemical. They must also protect employees by proper leadership and control, and must make certain that all employees receive proper safety information and training.

HAZCOM also requires that employees actively take steps to protect themselves. Employees should read all instructions associated with a chemical in their workplace, including warning labels and MSDS. Employees must also use personal protective equipment correctly, and follow any additional safety guidelines from their employer.

See our HAZCOM (Hazard Communication) Safety Video

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