Hazardous Materials in the Workplace

By Brady, Timothy S.; Vigen, James W. et al. | Supervisory Management, March 1994 | Go to article overview

Hazardous Materials in the Workplace


Brady, Timothy S., Vigen, James W., McNamara, Brian, Rudd, Howard F., Jr., Supervisory Management


All organizations are faced with the responsibility of dealing with hazardous materials.

But dealing with these materials is not the only problem organizations face. They also face the problem of defining and understanding what is meant by hazardous materials, then communicating information about hazardous chemicals in the workplace to employees, and training employees in the use of these chemicals to safeguard them.

In particular, OSHA has published standard 1910.120 requiring employers to evaluate the potential health hazard that hazardous materials pose in the workplace and to communicate information concerning them and appropriate protective measures to employees. Also, OSHA has established regulations requiring businesses to develop and maintain a written hazard communication program for the workplace. This program will include lists of hazardous chemicals present; labeling of containers of chemicals being shipped to other workplaces; preparation and distribution of material safety data sheets to employees and downstream employers; and development and implementation of employee training programs regarding hazards of chemicals and protective measures. …

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