Coming in at number 2 on the OSHA top Ten Citation list is Hazard communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) with 3,671 violations.
Hazard Communication has a variety of areas that can lend themselves to citations. Some of the key aspects of the Hazard Communication Standard are:
- A Written Hazard Communication Program is developed, implemented and maintained and employees are trained on the program
- Chemicals are properly classified
- Chemicals are properly labeled
- Chemical labels are not removed or defaced
- Information concerning the hazards is transmitted to employees. (GHS Labeling Standards)
- Creation and maintenance of Safety Data Sheets and access by employees to Safety Data Sheets
HazCom, as it is commonly known, is an involved and lengthy standard which results in a high number of citations. In addition, the consequences of a violation can be severe. There is a reason it is the second highest cited standard.
When is the last time you reviewed, revised and trained on HazCom.