Top 5 Cited Hazardous Communication Regulations of 2015

Top 5 Cited Hazardous Communication Regulations of 2015

What are the top five cited hazardous communication regulations of 2015?     1. 1910.1200 (e)(1) Developing, Implementing & Maintaining a Written Hazard Communication Program          670 Violations     2. 1910.1200 (h)(1) Employee Information & Training          527 Violations     3. 1910.1200 (g)(8) Maintaining Safety Data Sheets & Keeping them Readily Accessible            330 Violations     4. 1910.1200 (h)(3)(iv) Employee Training on Hazardous Program          262 Violations     5. 1910.1200 (g)(1) Developing and Maintaining Safety Data Sheets          232 ViolationsMillions of American workers are unknowingly exposed to hazardous chemicals at their workplaces every year. OSHA developed the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) 29 CFR 1910.1200 twenty years ago to provide employers and employees with a structure to help reduce these exposures. It was updated in 2013, with new requirements to be phased in over the following three years.The intention of the HCS is to ensure that workers and their employers are informed of the identities of hazardous chemicals in their work place.Tips to consider while developing a Hazardous Communication program:Train all employees on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).Document all the training and have readily accessible upon request.Fully understand the requirements of the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) on Hazard Communication standard requirements.Audit your facility, work trucks, job sites and list all the hazardous chemicals.Develop a written hazard communication plan that includes a list of the hazardous chemicals identified.Review your plan annually to keep it up to date with changes in the workplace and changes in hazards.Review all containers are properly labeled.Post safety signs wherever they are needed to warn employees of chemical hazards.Ensure availability of SDSs. Employees should have access at all times to the SDSs they need.Update your SDS files as necessary. Make sure employees are using the most current SDS.Ensure all employees use labeling on all day containersEnsure that the SDSs are available in a language your employees can read. This may require having more than one language version of the SDSs.Labeling is an important piece of your Hazardous Communication program. Be sure to your labeling system fits the GHS prescription and contains;the name, address and phone number of the manufacturer, importer or other responsible party,product identifier,signal word,hazard statement(s),precautionary statements,pictogram(s).Systems like Hazardous Material Identification System (HMIS), or National Fire Protection Administration 704 (NFPA), are tools that companies can use for labeling, as long as the labels meet the six requirements listed above.           

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