When you run a business, there is never a shortage of things to do. Often, it may seem impossible to stay current on all the ever-changing GHS regulations governing the chemicals in your workplace – but it can be done.
Global Safety Management can help you ensure that your safety data sheets (SDSs) are readily available, up-to-date and easily accessible from computers, tablets and mobile devices.
And by following these six steps, you’ll be sure to properly implement an effective hazard communication program:
Step 1. Learn & Assign
- Familiarize yourself with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and its provisions so you can better determine what is needed for compliance in your workplace.
- Assign someone primary responsibility for coordinating the implementation of an effective hazard communication program that addresses all of the necessary components, including training.
Step 2. Prepare & Implement
- Prepare a written plan to indicate how hazard communication for labels and other forms of warning, safety data sheets, and employee information and training will be addressed in your workplace.
- Prepare an inventory list of all hazardous chemicals in the workplace using the chemical identifier (CAS#) to prepare the list so that you can track the status of SDSs and labels for a particular hazardous chemical.
Step 3. Label
- Keep labels on shipping containers with the following information: chemical identifier, signal word, pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and the name, address and phone number of the responsible party.
- Label workplace containers where required as any container of hazardous chemicals in the workplace must – at a minimum – include the chemical identifier and general information concerning the hazards of the chemical.
Step 4. Maintain
- Maintain safety data sheets for each hazardous chemical in the workplace with detailed information on each particular hazardous chemical.
- Ensure that safety data sheets are readily accessible to employees when they are in their work areas during their work shifts. Software is available to help you easily author SDSs based on required standards, manage and maintain your collection of SDSs as well as access your safely cloud-based safety data sheets at any time.
Step 5. Inform & Train
- Train employees on the current hazardous chemicals in their work area, new hazards as they are introduced, and how to access the safety data sheets.
- Also inform employees of the requirements of the standard, chemicals hazards, the appropriate protective measures, how to implement these measures, and who to contact if an issue arises.
Step 6. Review & Reassess
- Review your hazard communication program periodically to make sure that it remains current and relevant for you and your employees.
- Revise your program as appropriate to address changed conditions in the workplace such as the introduction of new chemicals or new hazards.
Implementing and maintaining an effective hazard communication program can often feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to. Let GSM help you simplify your process and ensure compliance with our SDS management tool to help you make sure your safety data sheets are readily available, up-to-date and easily accessible across all devices.