Every firm whose employees come into contact with chemicals or hazardous substances must develop a policy on getting information to employees.
The following items must be addressed:
- Labeling – Use of secondary containers vs. the factory container with manufacturers label intact
- MSDS – (Material Safety Data Sheet) Where sheets are kept and how the job site will get a copy. (Note – it is the responsibility of management to maintain and keep updated all MSDS)
- How and when training will be given to employees regarding the Hazardous Communication Program and whenever a new chemical is brought into the area
- Employees must be trained to recognize any ‘Non-Routine Tasks’ that will be require additional training
- Multi-Employer Work Sites – Identify how the company will control chemicals and the MSDSs that are brought on the work site by another contractor
*Hazardous Communication regulations are found in WAC 296-62-054 Part C
*Sample program available here.