Hazard Communication

OSHA’s hazard communication standard protects employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Both standards require employers to develop written documents to explain how they will implement each standard, provide training to employees, and protect the health and safety of their workers.  This is expecially important when working around bio hazards as well.  The standard states that the employer must have a written plan to eliminate and/or minimize the exposures. The employer must prepare an exposure determination that contains a list of job classifications in which all workers have occupational exposure and a list of job classifications in which some workers have occupational exposure, along with a list of the tasks and procedures performed by those workers.  This plan must be reviewed and updated annually.   Employers must also document that they have solicited input from frontline workers in identifying, evaluating, and selecting effective engineering and
work practice controls.

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