Paragraph (h) of the HCS requires that employers train employees on the hazardous chemicals in the workplace before their initial assignment and when new hazards are introduced.2,4 The training must be conducted in a manner and language that the employees understand. The standard requires employees to be informed of (1) the general requirements of HazCom 2012, (2) where hazardous chemicals are located, and (3) the various elements of the HazCom program.
Workers must have a general understanding of what information is provided on labels and SDSs, and how to access them. If there are only a few chemicals in the workplace, each one may be discussed individually. Where there are large numbers of chemicals, training may be designed to cover categories of hazards. Workers must be made aware of the protective measures available, how to use or implement these measures, and who they should contact if an issue arises.
Section F: Employee information and training
(Name of responsible person and/or position) is responsible for employee information and training.
Every worker who will be potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals will receive initial training on the HazCom 2012. The training program for new workers is as follows:
Describe how the training will be presented, and what it will include. Describe training format, such as audiovisuals, interactive computer programs, classroom instruction, etc.
Prior to introducing a new chemical hazard into any work area, each worker in that work area will be given information and training as outlined above for the new chemical hazard.
Employee Information and Training for Hazards of Non-routine Tasks
While workers’ initial training addresses the types of exposures likely to be encountered in their usual work routines, there may be other tasks to be performed on occasion that will expose these workers to different hazards that may require novel control measures. Paragraph (e)(1)(ii) mandates that employees be informed of the hazards of non-routine tasks.2,4 The written program must to address how the employer will handle such situations to ensure that the workers have the necessary information to stay protected.
Section G: Hazards of non-routine tasks
Prior to performing non-routine tasks that are hazardous, each affected worker will be given information by (name of responsible person and/or position) about the hazardous chemicals he or she may encounter during such activity. This information will include specific chemical hazards, protective and safety measures the worker should use, and steps that will be taking to reduce the hazards, including ventilation, respirators, the presence of another worker (buddy systems), and emergency procedures.