Workers in all industries are legally entitled to know in detail the hazards that are present in the work environments where they operate, especially when it comes to chemical-related hazards. This type of hazards are very serious and represent a deadly threat to professional in certain workplaces where toxic chemicals are used.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is quite serious when it comes to organizations where chemical hazards are present. The current regulations and guidelines dictate that workers must comprehend in great detail what these hazards are and how they must behave in order to prevent accidents and, in critical cases, counter them safely.
Hazard communication is a key part of this prevention process where workers must become knowledgeable of the potential risks that exist. Factors as equipment and hygiene can only be understood and implemented as required when the hazards are widely explained for the staff. Effective hazard communication also includes the emergency procedures that workers must follow in order to remain safe during critical situations.
At HP Safety Consulting, our team of seasoned professionals has been helping companies with hazard communication training for years now. The solutions we provide aim to assist businesses in the journey of creating safer environments and at the same time becoming fully compliant with OSHA’s regulations and guidelines.
Labeling the Right Way
Labeling is one of the most effective and convenient ways businesses have to communicate with workers about potential hazards in the workplace. Chemical products that represent serious hazards can be found almost everywhere in many work environments. So, how to keep everyone in check regarding the risks they suppose? Labels play a key role here.
Indeed, chemicals are essential in today’s business world. Their widespread use is simply unavoidable or replaceable, at least in the next decades. That’s why despite the threat they represent to workers’ wellbeing, the solution isn’t to stop using them but to use them more carefully. The first step is to recognize them and the implications in their use.
Employees must be able to understand how the different materials could cause them harm and how they can protect themselves at every moment during the daily activities at work. The most immediate source for such information will be represented in the labels on material containers. Workers should receive hazard communication training that allows them to understand labels without inconveniences. After this point, the staff also have MSDSs (Material Safety Data Sheets) for further understanding.
Hazards, Measures, and Compliance
Labeling and MSDSs are two key aspects of hazard communication, probably the most important ones. However, the employees need to have all the information at hand, available for them in great detail. Aspects as the health hazards that come from chemicals at the workplace are also required. Understanding how to act in case of an emergency is also part of hazard communication.
Quality hazard communication training is not only a need that responsible businesses have but a duty that every single company must fulfill. OSHA can fine organizations that aren’t compliant with the latest hazard communication regulations and frameworks. This is a requirement by law that, when it’s properly respected, can lead to serious penalties and fines.
At HP Safety Consulting, we can help your business with proper hazard communication training that is required by law. Our team helps your staff to become fully knowledgeable and capable of understanding the many hazards that are present in your current work environment, also knowing how to counter such critical situations. If you want to know more, please, get in contact with our team.