New OSHA Resources Provide Guidance for Effective HazCom Programs

Published March 26, 2014

Two new OSHA publications provide information to help employers create effective hazard communication programs. The 48-page “Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals” is intended to help small employers comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. The guide includes six steps to an effective hazard communication program, a sample written hazard communication program, and a brief guide to hazard communication training that focuses on what is needed to set up a training program. Information about OSHA compliance assistance, programs, and services is also available.

A new OSHA fact sheet briefly describes the agency’s recommended steps for implementing an effective hazard communication program.

OSHA released its revised HazCom Standard in March 2012; this revision aligned the standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). For more information, including other effective dates and agency documents, visit OSHA's Hazard Communication Web page.