Hazard Communication

Chemicals pose a wide range of health hazards and physical hazards. The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is designed to ensure that information about these hazards and associated protective measures is communicated in the workplace. In short, the Standard requires that all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must follow this standard and establish their own Hazard Communication Program.  HazCom programs must have the five components listed below.  Click each link to view how NMSU implements each component of the Standard.

  1. Written Hazard Communication (HazCom) Plan
  2. Workplace Chemical Inventory
  3. Chemical Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Information
  4. Chemical Labeling Requirements
  5. Hazard Communication Training for Employees (Required for all employees working with hazardous chemicals)

In 2012, OSHA published the final rule to align the HazCom Standard with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on chemical labels and safety data sheets. Please view the following link for information and a phased schedule for implementing the new GHS rule. The new rule will be in effect by June 1, 2016.