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Course 705 - Hazard Communication Program

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Modules: 5
Hours: 5
Sectors: General Industry

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Course 705 Hazard Communication Program

Key Topics

  • Analyzing for Hazardous Chemicals
  • Forms of Hazardous Chemicals
  • Routes of Entry
  • Container Labeling
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Basics
  • Practical Exercise
  • HAZCOM Information and Training Requirements
  • Scope, Application and Program Responsibilities

Target Audience

  • Trainer
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Introduction: The Numbers

Overview of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).

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) 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.

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.

OSHA's Top 10 Violations

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

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Course 705 Final Exam

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After studying the course material and answering the quiz questions, it is time to take the final exam. We highly recommend answering the module quiz questions to check your understanding of the course material. The final exam questions are typically developed from these quiz questions.

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Additional Resources

  1. Small Entity Compliance Guide
  2. HAZCOM 2012 Inspection Procedures
  3. The Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication
  4. NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
  5. International Chemical Safety Cards
  6. OSHA HAZCOM Training Tool
  7. Chemical List, NIOSH
  8. Chemical Database, OSHA
  9. Annotated PEL Tables, OSHA
  10. Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox, ChemHAT


  1. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard
  2. OSHA's HAZCOM Pub 3844
  3. HAZCOM 2012 Webinar slides
  4. OSHA HAZCOM Cards>