In 2017 there were 4,652 reported violations of organizations failing to properly communicate the hazardous chemicals present in the workplace.
Without the labeling and training required by the hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), workers might not realize that the chemicals they work with every day could be causing cancer, allergies, lung disease or reproductive harm. The illnesses caused by chemical exposures can take years to reveal themselves, making it that much more important to note that the standard requires annual program review and training requirements for employees.
What you can do to avoid penalties
Make sure that at least once a year you revisit your program, note any changes to the chemicals in use in the workplace, and sign and date it when you do. Have you done your annual check? If not, click on the free report below and follow our checklist for improving your hazard communication practices. And make sure the chemical data sheet is clearly visible, available to employees, and that they know exaclty where it is. How many of your employees would be able to find it right now? If your answer isn't "All of them" then you have work to do.
Click here to download a copy of the report, “OSHA’s Most Common Citations and How You Can Avoid Them.”
Stay tuned for a breakdown of the remaining eight OSHA violations from 2017. View the top OSHA violation, falls, by clicking HERE.
Sandy Smith is the EHSQ Content and Community Lead at Intelex Tecnologies Inc. You can follow her on Linkedin by clicking HERE.