The word on the streets is that employers must provide OSHA’s Hazard Communication training to all employees by December 1, 2013 and every year thereafter. Surprisingly the Hazard Communication isn’t new, in fact, it has been around since the early 60’s. This is where the “labeling everything that doesn’t move” and have an “MSDS on everything is a huge binder” came from.
The Hazard Communication is the “Employee Right To Know”. All employees have the right to know what are the risks in the workplace and what does the employer provide to the employee to reduce that risk, this can included but not be limited to, training, personal protective equipment, policies & procedures, etc.
The employer is responsible to make sure employees have what they need to be safe and are competent to work safely. (just shy of becoming their mother of course). The employer must have written policies and procedures and show the enforcement of the policies and procedures. (keep in mind you can’t shoot your employees)
The Hazard Communication consist of,
- Hazard Communication Plan – this is a written policy & procedure plan and must be part of your compliance manual. For those of you who have purchased a compliance manual from me, your Hazard Communication Plan is included!
- Current list of on-hand Hazardous Chemicals
- Resource for product information (MSDS/SDS in a binder or on a disk)
- Labels of “sibling” containers (any secondary container that is not labeled)
- Yearly Hazard Communication training for all employees. For those of you which I had conducted an onsite seminar in your office, this requirement has been satisfied!
So the two mandatory OSHA courses, which employers must provide to all employees yearly, during regular working hours are,
- Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
- Hazard Communication