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Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)
In 1983, the Federal Government, through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), established the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) codified in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 “to ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are evaluated, and that information concerning their hazards is transmitted to employers and employees.”
Wright State University developed and maintains a Hazard Communication Program to give all employees the right to know about any type of hazard they may encounter while performing their duties. The program complies with all requirements of OSHA's Standard for Hazard Communication.
Compliance with this program at Wright State University is mandatory.
Five Elements for Compliance
The following five key elements are outlined in the standard and are included in the Wright State University Hazard Communication Program:
1. Materials Inventory and Hazard Identification – A list of the hazardous materials present in your work area.
2. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) – A detailed description of each hazardous material listed in the Materials Inventory.
3. Labeling – Containers of hazardous materials must have labels to identify the material and warn of its potential hazard to employees.
4. Training – All employees must be trained to identify and work safely with hazardous materials.
5. Written Program – A written program must be available to all employees
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