University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) Hazard Communication Program (HAZCOM) has been developed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication Standard. UNCA’s program requires that all university personnel have the right-to-know information about the properties and the right-to-understand potential physical and health hazards of chemicals that they may be potentially exposed to in the course of their employment or study.
Individuals engaged in laboratory use of hazardous chemicals in a laboratory should also refer to the Chemical Hygiene Plan. The principles behind the Hazard Communication Program are that all employees have the right-to-know the hazards of the chemicals they use or that are present in their work area and the right-to-understand how to protect themselves. Complying with the requirements of Hazard Communication and ensuring employees are informed about the hazards of the chemicals involves three basic steps:
- Identifying, inventorying, and labeling all hazardous chemicals used
- Obtaining and providing access to Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
- Training employees about the hazards of the chemicals they use or are exposed to