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Every day at workplaces throughout California, employees work with or are incidentally exposed to hazardous substances that can harm their health or cause other safety hazards. In response to this reality, Cal/OSHA enacted the Hazard Communication standard. The standard requires that every workplace, which has or uses hazardous substances, must have a written and effectively implemented Hazard Communication Program that specifically addresses the potential hazards found at that particular site. The program must be accessible to employees (or their representatives) and to Cal/OSHA.
Whatever the size of the facility or number of hazardous substances, it is essential that both employers and employees know how to identify potentially hazardous substances, understand the health hazards associated with the chemicals, and follow safe work practices. Employers who tailor their written program to meet the specific needs of their workplace will maximize the benefits of workplace safety.
The written hazard communication (HazCom) program must describe the persons responsible for implementing, maintaining, and periodically reviewing the program and the procedures for meeting all the requirements of the standard, including:
For a downloadable copy of Cal/OSHA’s Guide to the California Hazard Communication Regulation, visit its website at http:/www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/hazcom.pdf. For detailed or exact information, specifications, and exceptions, refer directly to the California Code of Regulations Title 8 or the Labor Code.
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