Hazard Communication Program
Cal OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (Title 8, General Industry Safety Order 5194) requires that individuals who are at risk of exposure to hazardous substances be informed by means of a hazard communication program, labels/other warnings, safety data sheets (SDS), and training. Individuals must understand this information prior to working with or being exposed to hazardous substances.
When taking training...
- always ask your supervisor what "Title" to input.
- always use your USFCA email when prompted.
The primary responsibility for ensuring the Hazard Communication Program is implemented correctly within their department falls on supervisors at all levels.
Each supervisor has the direct responsibility for ensuring that:
- employees understand their rights under, and the requirements of, the USF Hazard Communication Program and the Cal/OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.
- Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available for all hazardous substances used within areas under their supervision.
- documented Hazard/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessments have been conducted for all job tasks using hazardous substances or require the use of personal protective equipment.
- documented Hazard/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessments have been conducted for all job tasks using hazardous materials.
- Employees who use and are exposed to hazardous substances have received documented HCP training and know how to interpret labels and SDS information, eliminate or reduce exposures, recognize the signs of exposure and respond should an exposure occur.
- a current inventory of hazardous substances is available for each area they have responsibility for, and that it is updated annually.
- employees are provided all necessary personal protective equipment and they are trained on its proper use.
- containers of hazardous substances are properly labeled (product name, appropriate hazard warnings, name/address of manufacturer, etc).