Hazard Communication

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Hazard Communications/Right-to-Understand

Right to Know

The Hazard Communication Standard  provides people the right-to-know the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to in the workplace. When employees have this information, they may effectively participate in their employers’ protective programs and take steps to protect themselves. In addition, the standard gives employers the information they need to design and implement an effective protective program for employees potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals. Together these actions will result in a reduction of chemical source illnesses and injuries.  Material  safety data sheets are critical for hazard communication not only for faculty, staff and students but also for any person entering or responding to emergencies in the area of the hazard.

OSHA requires workplaces using hazardous chemicals to have a hazard communication program in  place  elements of the program are: