Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM)

Definition - What does Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM) mean?

Hazard Communication Standard is a standard that ensures that employers disclose the information and identities of the hazards of all chemicals in a workplace to their workers.

Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats to the health of employees in oil and gas industries. All employers dealing with hazardous chemicals must have labels and safety data sheets prepared for the workers who deal with those chemicals. They should also train them on how to handle those chemicals accordingly. The Hazard Communication Standard can make it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive.

Petropedia explains Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM)

In 1970 the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established to bring in line safety for all workers; and in 1980's the Hazard Communication Standard was included to expose the ill effects of toxic substances in industries. The Hazard Communication Standard gives the workers the right to know and understand the hazards of the chemicals they are working with. New changes to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard, are improving the health and safety protections in the United States.

After the record was reviewed by OSHA, the Final Rule was revised for the Hazard Communication Standard that includes:

  • Maintaining the disclosure of exposure limit.
  • Data sheets must have the hygienists and carcinogen status from recognized lists of carcinogens.
  • The borders of the pictograms must be red in color, making it clear on the label.
  • There should be flexibility for the label preparers regarding the precautionary and hazard statements to consolidate or eliminate the inappropriate statements.
  • Longer deadlines should be provided to the employers to implement the standard completely.
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