Hazard Communication

The Hazard Communication Standard

The Hazard Communication Standard is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation. The Hazard Communication Standard may also be referred to as the Right-to-Know Law, RTK, or HazCom. The citation number is 29 CFR 1910.1200. HazCom is a standard intended to protect employees from physical and health hazards that they work with or be exposed to in the workplace.

Document Link: Hazard Communication Written Compliance Manual

Designated Trained Individuals

Purdue University has an active Hazard Communication program that uses a train the trainer approach to meet compliance requirements. The program covers all employees of the University including full-time, part-time, temporary, and student employees that are NOT engaged in the laboratory use of chemicals.

Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) conducts the training for work area trainers. These trainers are known as designated trained individuals or DTIs. DTIs serve as the work area coordinators for HazCom including initial implementation and continued maintenance of the program in their work areas. Individuals that are to be the DTIs must attend a training/orientation session. The DTI training is a 2-4 hour course that covers the requirements of the Law, requirements of the University's program, an abbreviated review of Industrial Hygiene concepts, and a short example of how to establish the program in their work area. Hands on class exercises may also be used to demonstrate program requirements and concepts.

REM conducts program audits annually to assess work area compliance through participation in the Integrated Safety Plan. For questions about the Hazard Communication Standard DTI Training contact Stephanie Rainey or Heath Bentley.

Hazard Communication Training

The Hazard Communication Training course describes the hazardous characteristics and effects of chemicals and identifies sources of information on chemical hazards. Training includes a review of the format for chemical hazard information on chemical container labels and safety data sheets (SDS) as directed by OSHA in the 2012 updates to the Hazard Communication Standard.

Training items covered:

  • Chemical label elements (including pictogram, hazard statement, signal word, and precautionary statement)
  • Information found in each section of the newly formatted SDS
  • General chemical handling procedures
  • Rule of thumb task specific chemical exposure controls
  • Proper use of PPE and personal hygiene
  • Emergency procedure for response to chemical contamination and spill cleanup

This course meets the requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. Upon completion of this course your supervisor will show you where your department’s hazard assessments and SDS’s are located. You will need your Purdue Career Account login and password to access the training.

Online Training Link: Hazard Communication Training

For questions about the Hazard Communication Standard Training contact Heath Bentley or Stephanie Rainey.