5 Action Items for Hazard Communication (HazCom)

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 02:53 PM

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Recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changes require you to complete 5 Action Items to stay compliant. This is because OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) surrounding chemical hazards in the workplace was revised.


1.  Train.

In this new requirement, you must now train all your employees who may have potential exposure to hazardous chemicals. Moreover, this training must be completed by December 1, 2013.

Stericycle’s Steri-Safe Preferred and Select customers have access to this training at their customer account site (MyStericycle.com) under their “My Training” tab. Look for “HazCom Training,” beginning in April 2013.

2.  Write.

Your safety plans must include a written Hazard Communication Program. This is an ongoing requirement.

Stericycle Steri-Safe Preferred, Select, and Standard customers have access to a convenient, customer-friendly Safety Plan Builder tool at their customer account site (MyStericycle.com) under the “My Compliance” tab. Look for the written “Hazard Communication Program.”

3.  Inform.

Inform your team about hazards in the workplace. OSHA regulations explain that your employees have a right to know AND a right to understand. The former Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) are being replaced with Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). Updated SDSs are the responsibility of the manufacturer, but you must include the updated sheets when they are available.

Stericycle Preferred and Select customers have access to an MSDS/SDS System through their “My Compliance” tab at MyStericycle.com. If you are using the eBinder tool, you will be informed by the MSDS system when the relevant manufacturers replace an MSDS with an SDS.

4.  List.

You must inventory and list all the hazardous chemicals in your workplace. This is an ongoing requirement.

This master list can be found at MyStericycle.com under the “My Compliance” tab for Steri-Safe Preferred, Select, and Standard customers. It is in the Hazard Communication Program (Section 2.1) of the Safety Plan Builder.

5.  Label.

Workplace labels that identify, at a minimum, the identity of the hazardous chemical and the hazard that the chemical presents must be used for secondary containers in the workplace. These labels were formerly called secondary labels.

Steri-Safe Preferred, Select, and Standard customers can find updated workplace labels that also include OSHA’s new pictograms for hazard communication under the “My Products” tab in the MyStericycle.com customer account. Look for “Products and Labels.”

Follow these 5 action items to stay up-to-date with your HazCom regulations. ‘Twill™ help keep you compliant: Train, Write, Inform, List, Label.

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