The OSHA Hazard Communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) is a federal regulations that ensures employees in the workplace receive information about the properties of hazardous chemicals they work with and the steps required to protect themselves. The requirement is also mandated under the State of Georgia “Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988” (O.C.G.A. 45-22-2).
The Hazard Communication Program is designed to comply with both state and federal requirements. The elements within the program is:
- Identify hazardous chemicals in work areas.
- Maintain a chemical inventory for each work area.
- Provide employees ready access to safety data sheets (SDSs).
- Label chemical containers
- Develop standard operating procedures based on hazard assessment of the chemicals used.
- Train employees.
- Record Keeping.
What substances are covered under this program?
All chemicals or chemical products located on Georgia Southern University campuses which present a physical or health hazard to the user is covered under the program. Chemicals covered under the program include but are not limited laboratory chemicals, paints, cleaning agents, floor strippers, maintenance solvents and oils, printing inks, compressed gases. Chemicals or chemical products exempt under this program include, hazardous wastes, consumer products, food, food additives, drugs, cosmetics and medical or veterinary products. For a detailed list of these exempt substance visit 29 CFR 1910.1200(b)(6).
Who is covered under this program?
The Hazard Communication Program applies to all Georgia Southern University employees on all three campuses and affiliated facilities who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals/materials under normal operating conditions or foreseeable emergencies.
Last updated: 5/4/2018