Hazard Communication Part 1 – Tool Box Talks

The Hazard
Communication Standard States:

  • Every company which produces and
    uses hazardous materials must provide their employees with information and
    training on the proper handling and use of these materials.

  • You, as an employee, have a Right
    to Know about the hazardous materials used in your work area and the potential
    effects of these materials upon your health and safety.


Key Elements of the
Osha Hazard Communication Standard

  • Materials Inventory – A list of the hazardous
    materials present in your work area.

  • Material Safety Data Sheets – A detailed description of each
    hazardous material listed in the Materials Inventory.

  • Labeling – Containers of hazardous
    materials must have labels which identify the material and warn of its
    potential hazard to employees.

  • Training – All employees must be trained
    to identify and work safely with hazardous materials.

  • Written Program – A written program must be
    developed which ties all of the above together.

Controlling Physical and Health Hazards

  • Product

    • Because many chemicals do similar jobs, it
      is important to select chemicals that do a good job, while being less toxic.

  • Engineering

    • Well-designed work areas minimize exposure
      to materials which are hazardous. Examples of engineering controls would
      include exhaust systems and wetting systems to control dust.

  • Safe Work

    • Safe work practices will insure that
      chemicals are used correctly and safely.

  • Personal
    Protective Equipment

    • Masks, eye protection, gloves, aprons, and
      other protective equipment and clothing are designed to protect you while you
      work. USE THEM!

  • Training
    and Communication

    • Knowing how to work safely with chemicals
      that pose a hazard is an important activity. You have a right to know, but you
      also have a responsibility to use the knowledge and skills to work safely.

  • Environmental

    • Industrial hygiene personnel regularly
      sample the air and collect other samples to insure that hazardous chemicals do
      not exceed established acceptable exposure limits.

  • Personal

    • Monitor yourself and others. Be on the
      lookout for any physical symptoms which would indicate that you or your
      coworkers have been overexposed to any hazardous chemical. Symptoms, such as
      skin rashes, dizziness, eye or throat irritations or strong odors, should be
      reported to your supervisor.