Hazard Communication

Hazard Communication

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is hazard communication?

Basically, hazard communication is a system in which employees are informed about the health and physical hazards of chemicals in their work areas through standardized label elements and safety data sheets. The responsibility lies with the employer to ensure that this is accomplished and that employees have ready access to this information. Hazard communication is often referred to as "employee right-to-know."

What are the hazards associated with hazard communication?

Failure of the employer to inform employees about the hazards of chemicals in the workplace can result in property damage, serious physical harm and death.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Before using any chemical, information on the label and accompanying information (e.g., safety data sheets) should be consulted in order to identify any personal protective equipment necessary to prevent direct contact through inhalation, splash or spatter to eyes, nose or mouth, or skin contact.

What resources are available to assist employers?

A-Z topic pages on respiratory protection and PPE can provide more resource information. In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.

 

Regulations

Regulations

What standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards for hazard communication in North Carolina:

Other applicable standards that may apply:

General Industry

Maritime

Construction

OSH Standards that reference the hazard communication standard:

General Industry

Construction

 

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

  • Compliance directive CPL 02-02-079 establishes the enforcement policy and provides an explanation of the standard to ensure uniform enforcement.

  • A compliance memo clarifies several issues raised regarding compliance directive CPL 02-02-079 and which will be included in the next revision of this directive.

  • The PPE Industry Guide provides additional information related to personal protective equipment and can be downloaded for free.

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-807-2875.