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COURSE 705 - Hazard Communication Program

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Hi, and welcome to the course. This course is designed to help you understand the fundamentals of occupational safety and health, and how you can be an proactive member of your workplace safety program.

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  1. Study each course module. To start, click on the course "Modules" tab above. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the module quiz. Take your time and make sure you understand the course material.
  2. Complete each module quiz. At the end of each module is a short quiz with questions related to the module. When you submit the quiz, a page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. Remember, you control the pace of learning.

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  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • Final exams consist of 20 questions taken from the course.
    • The exam is OPEN BOOK. You can use your notes or the study guide to help answer questions you are unsure of.
    • You must pass the final exam with at least an 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Hint: Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

Introduction: The Numbers

More than 30 million workers are potentially exposed to one or more chemical hazards. There are an estimated 650,000 existing hazardous chemical products, and hundreds of new ones are being introduced annually. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employers.

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) - 29 CFR 1910.1200 provides workers exposed to hazardous chemicals with the right-to-know the identities and hazards of those materials, as well as appropriate protective measures. When workers have such information, they are able to take steps to protect themselves from experiencing adverse effects from exposure.

It's important that you be familiar with OSHA's hazard communication standards to help save lives and avoid OSHA citations. Take a look at OSHA's top 10 most cited violations for 2009 and you will see that hazard communication ranks as the third most commonly cited violation!

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Employers must provide employees with effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area.
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  1. Scaffolding, General - 9,093 violations
  2. Fall Protection - 6,771 violations
  3. Hazard Communication - 6,378 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection - 3,803 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout - 3,321 violations
  6. Electrical, Wiring - 3,079 violations
  7. Ladders - 3,072 violations
  8. Powered Industrial Trucks - 2,993 violations
  9. Electrical, General - 2,556 violations
  10. Machine Guarding - 2,364 violations

Protection under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) includes all workers exposed to hazardous chemicals in all industrial sectors. This standard is based on a simple concept - that employees have both a need and a right to know the hazards and the identities of the chemicals they are exposed to when working. They also need to know what protective measures are available to prevent adverse effects from occurring.

Benefits

The HCS covers both physical hazards (such as flammability or the potential for explosions), and health hazards (including both acute and chronic effects). By making information available to employers and employees about these hazards, and recommended precautions for safe use, proper implementation of the HCS will result in a reduction of illnesses and injuries caused by chemicals. Employers will have the information they need to design an appropriate protective program. Employees will be better able to participate in these programs effectively when they understand the hazards involved, and take steps to protect themselves. Together, these employer and employee actions will prevent the occurrence of adverse effects caused by the use of chemicals in the workplace.

Requirements

The HCS established uniform requirements to make sure the hazards of all chemicals imported into, produced, or used in U.S. workplaces are evaluated and that this hazard information is transmitted to affected employers and exposed employees.

This program ensures that all employers receive the information they need to inform and train their employees properly and to design and put in place employee protection programs. It also provides necessary hazard information to employees so they can participate in, and support, the protective measures in place at their workplaces.

All workplaces where employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals must have a written plan which describes how the standard will be implemented in that facility. The only work operations which do not have to comply with the written plan requirements are laboratories and work operations where employees only handle chemicals in sealed containers.

The written program must reflect what employees are doing in a particular workplace. For example, the written plan must list the chemicals present at the site, indicate who is responsible for the various aspects of the program in that facility and where written materials will be made available to employees.

The written program must describe how the requirements for labels and other forms of warning, material safety data sheets, and employee information and training are going to be met in the facility.

Course Objectives

This course will focus on the responsibilities of the employer in establishing and implementing an effective hazard communication program. By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. List the primary Hazard Communications Standard responsibilities for manufacturers, distributors, importers, and employers.
  2. Describe the four basic elements of the Hazard Communications Program.
  3. Discuss the nature of chemical hazards and the types of exposures they present.
  4. List the information required on each of the four types of hazardous chemical containers.
  5. Describe each of the 12 required sections of a Material Safety Data Sheet.
  6. Identify the basic requirements of the hazard communication training program.

Modules

To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Module 1: General Responsibilities
  2. Module 2: Analyzing the Workplace
  3. Module 3: Container Labeling
  4. Module 4: Material Safety Data Sheets
  5. Module 5: Information and Training
  6. Module 6: Program Analysis Exercise

Course 705 Final Exam

OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy’s policy to protect the integrity of our exams, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry, if you fail the exam, you can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

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