Hazard Communication


General Information

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.

All employees must complete Hazard Communication Training.

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. Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) – 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

Additional Information

Marjorie Markopoulos, Biological and Chemical Safety Officer 937-775-2797

Greg Merkle, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist 937-775-2217



When is training required?

Employees require effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area

  • at the time of their initial assignment, and 
  • whenever a new chemical hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their work area. 

Information and training may be designed to cover categories of hazards (e.g., flammability, carcinogenicity) or specific chemicals.  Chemical-specific information must always be available through labels and SDSs.

What is included in the training?

The training includes information on the following:

  • Requirements of the HCS2012
  • Operations where hazardous chemicals exist
  • Location and availability of the Written Program (Hazard Communication Policy)

Required elements of training

  • Methods and observations to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals (such as monitoring conducted by the employer, continuous monitoring devices, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc.)
  • Chemical hazards in the workplace including
    • Physical,
    • Health,
    • Simple asphyxiation,
    • Combustible dust, and
    • Hazards of chemicals in the work area
  • How employees can protect themselves
  • Details of the hazard communication program

All information and training specific to individual work areas will be given to each group at the site-specific level by the employee’s supervisor and/or the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.


Forms & Resources

Forms and Resources

Additional Information