Hazard Communication GHS
Workers have the right to know and understand the hazardous chemicals they use and how to work with them safely. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the HCS provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. This revised standard improves the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. With the added requirement for the State of Alaska to also provide information on physical agents in the workplace, such as noise, heat and cold stress, hand-arm vibration, and radiation, employees are better able to understand those hazards and how they might affect their safety. Hazard communication is fundamental in protecting our employees!
Steps to Compliance
Start a Chemical Inventory
UAF Hazard Communication Policy
Physical Agent Data Sheets
In accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 08 AAC 61.1110, Additional Hazard Communication Standards, employers are required to have a physical agent data sheet (PADS) for each physical agent present in the employer's workplace. The information contained on these sheets must be provided to employees who are exposed to the particular physical agents. Physical agent data sheets are prepared by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and can be found on their web site, and are available below for your convenience.