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Hazard Communication Program

The purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) program (29 CFR 1910.1200) is to provide employees with information and training on hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Temple University has an active HAZCOM program that covers all employees of the University including full-time, part-time, and temporary and student employees. All campus areas and departments where employees use, handle, store or ship chemicals are required to follow the requirements as listed in the Hazard Communication Program.

The keys to complying with the Hazard Communication program are as follows:

  • Identify and maintain a list of hazardous chemicals found in the workplace. The Temple Chemical Environmental Management System (CEMS) is the tool that is utilized for the listing (inventory) of chemicals.
  • Maintain Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for each hazardous chemical.
  • Ensure that SDS are available and readily accessible to employees.
  • Label all chemical containers (hazardous & non-hazardous) accordingly.
  • Ensure that each container of a hazardous chemicals is properly labeled, including secondary or portable (workplace) containers.
  • Ensure that all employees are trained in the requirements of the Hazard communication program.

Global Harmonization System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule on the revised changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) on March 26, 2012. This revision will align the HCS with the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

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5.6 - Chemical Inventory

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