Hazard Communication

The Hazard Communication regulation, 29 CFR 1910.1200, was developed to make sure employers and employees are informed about chemical hazards in the workplace (except for pesticides, which are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA). The regulation requires employers to obtain and maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), inform and train employees, and label containers holding hazardous chemicals. Chemical manufacturers and importers, not employers, are required to evaluate chemicals and determine whether they are covered under 29 CFR 1910.1200.

Hazardous chemicals are any chemical, mixture of chemicals, or biological or physical agent that may cause short- or long-term health effects in exposed employees; these may include:

• Carcinogens (ethylene oxide, formaldehyde)

• Irritants (anhydrous ammonia, organic solvents)

• Corrosives (formic acid, calcium oxide)

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