Hazard Communication or better known as “hazcom” is the general OSHA (federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration – CFR 29 1910.1200), program that covers nearly all the topics found on this website. Bottom line is, if you are qualified to anticipate, identify, evaluate and control workplace chemical and other hazards, then such facts need to be communicated to the workforce within the allotted amount of time to be compliant. But it’s not just compliance with federal regulations that’s important or to know how to eliminate, control reduce or protect against exposure for its own sake. Workers also need to know how to ensure they do not aggravate any pre-existing conditions, weaken their own immune systems or be physically challenged in a way that effects their overall general health and well being based on workplace exposure. Otherwise, the result can be felt in internal and external complaints, illness, workers compensation claims, missed work time, retraining, absenteeism, medical and other related costs.
The OSHA Hazcom standard is one of the most cited every year. The list of regulated contaminants in air (gas, vapor, dust, fume, mist, fiber), is one example of how extensive the Hazcom standard is. Besides common things like carbon monoxide, lead (Pb), benzene, silica, formaldehyde, respirable dust, styrene, the longer list of regulated air contaminants is found here:
See Hazard Communication standard
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