OSHA Hazard Communication Checklist

Use the OSHA Hazard Communication Checklist to ensure chemical handling of substances, employee safety and training, and compliance with regulations.​

OSHA Hazard Communication Checklist



General Employee Training

1. Are employees trained on how to recognize tasks that might result in occupational exposure?


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2. Are employees trained on how to use work practice engineering controls and personal protective equipment and to know their limitations?


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3. Are employees trained on how to obtain information on the types of selection, proper use, location, removal handling, decontamination, and disposal of personal protective equipment?


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4. Are employees trained on whom to contact and what to do in an emergency?


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5. Are employees trained on written training records such as the following: 29CFR 1910.1200, .1450, .1030 since virtually all other OSHA regulations require written training records which document date, subject, attendees, and trainer?


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Janitorial & Chemical Storage Area Overview

1. Is the area neat and clean, without spills on the floor? 29 CFR 1910.22 requires that all workplaces be clean, orderly, and sanitary.


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2. Are there any containers without legible labels? Do all secondary container labels list the product, the hazards, and the manufacturer?


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3. 29 CFR 1910.1200 requires that all containers of hazardous materials be labeled. The manufacturer's label is fine if legible. If materials are moved from the original to a "secondary" container, are they labeled? Does the label include the name of the material, a description of the hazard, and the manufacturer's name?


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Complete Written Inventory (list) Of Hazardous Materials

1. Is there a list of hazardous substances used in your workplace? 29 CFR 1910.1200 requires employers to maintain a current list, accessible to employees, of all hazardous materials used in the workplace.


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2. Is there a written hazard communication program dealing with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), labeling, and employee training?


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3. Is each container for a hazardous substance (i.e., vats, bottles, storage tanks, etc.) labeled with product identity and a hazard warning (communication of the specific health hazards and physical hazards)?


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4. Is there a Material Safety Data Sheet readily available for each hazardous substance used?


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Employee Training Program For Hazardous Substances

1. Is there an explanation of what an MSDS is and how to use and obtain one?


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2. Is there an explanation of MSDS contents for each hazardous substance or class of substances?


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3. Has an explanation of "Right to Know” been provided>


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4. Has identification of where an employee can see the employer's written hazard communication program been provided and where the hazardous substances are present in their work areas?


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5. Have the physical and health hazards of substances in the work area and specific protective measures to be used been explained?


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6. Have details of the hazard communication program, including how to use the labeling system and MSDS been explained?


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