OSHA provides online access to the full regulatory text of HazCom 2012, as well as guidance, interpretations, and other relevant materials on its hazard communication website.2,4,5 The provisions of HazCom 2012 that apply to oral healthcare settings are found primarily in paragraphs (e), (f), (g) and (h); other parts, such as paragraph (c), may provide additional guidance on understanding the requirements (Table 2).2,4
|Paragraphs of the Standard||Appendices to the Standard|
|(a) Purpose||Appendix A, Health Hazard Criteria (Mandatory)|
|(b) Scope and Application||Appendix B, Physical Hazard Criteria (Mandatory)|
|(c) Definitions||Appendix C, Allocation of Label Elements (Mandatory)|
|(d) Hazard Classification||Appendix D, Safety Data Sheets (Mandatory)|
|(e) Written Hazard Communication Program||Appendix E, Definition of “Trade Secret” (Mandatory)|
|(f) Labels and Other Forms of Warning||Appendix F, Guidance for Hazard Classifications re: Carcinogenicity (Non-mandatory)|
|(g) Safety Data Sheets|
|(h) Employee Information and Training|
|(i) Trade Secrets|
|(j) Effective Dates|
In order to have a successful HazCom program, workplace personnel should be engaged both in initial and ongoing activities required for compliance. To address all of the necessary components of an effective program, responsibility for overall program management should be assigned to a HazCom Coordinator. The HazCom Coordinator may then identify additional staff to be responsible for specific activities (e.g., on-the-job training).
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