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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.

Here's how the course works:

  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.

    If you have questions about the course materials as you study, just send us an email. We are here to help!

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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

Overview of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) - Emedco

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 2016 and you will see that hazard communication ranks high.

Employers must provide employees with effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area.
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Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations for 2016:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders, construction
  8. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment
  9. Machine guarding (machines, general requirements, general industry)
  10. Electrical systems design, general requirements

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.


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.

Check out this short audio clip by Dan Clark of the discusses new requirements for labeling chemicals. In this podcast, HazCom industry expert Chuck Paulausky details these new standards, based on the Globally Harmonized System, GHS.

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 16 sections of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
  6. Identify the basic requirements of the hazard communication training program.


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

  1. General Responsibilities
  2. Analyzing the Workplace
  3. Container Labeling
  4. Safety Data Sheets
  5. Information and Training
  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 and, 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.

If you have already paid for a Certificate Program

If you have already paid for your certificates, your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard next to the course. You will also be able to view or print the course PDF certificate if you purchased this option. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course.

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You are welcome to take all of our courses for free! We only charge a fee if you want certificates, transcripts and exam scores to document your training. If you have not made a payment for your certificate, we will archive your exam results and you will see "Completed!" next to the course if you passed the exam. If you did not pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher, you will need to retake the exam.

Take the Final Exam

Take the Final Exam

Course 705 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.