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Remember, just because you work in construction, doesn’t mean that OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard doesn’t apply. In fact, rules might become more strict when it comes to multi-employer worksites.

Understand what your responsibilities are and know what questions to ask should you be confused about something.

What must my employer do?

Employers must:

  • Keep a list of hazardous chemicals in the workplace;
  • Prepare and follow a written HazCom program;
  • Make sure all chemical containers are properly labeled;
  • Make sure safety data sheets(SDSs) are available to you; and
  • Provide training to you.

What are chemical hazards?

There are two general types of chemical hazards:

  • “Physical hazard” which means a chemical that is classified as posing one of the following hazardous effects: explosive; flammable (gases, aerosols, liquids,or solids); oxidizer (liquid, solid or gas); self-reactive; pyrophoric (liquid or solid); self-heating; organic peroxide; corrosive to metal; gas under pressure; or in contact with water emits flammable gas; and
  • “Health hazard” which means a chemical which is classified as posing one of the following hazardous effects: acute toxicity (any route of exposure); skin corrosion or irritation;serious eye damage or eye irritation; respiratory or skin sensitization; germ cell mutagenicity; carcinogenicity; reproductive toxicity; specific target organ toxicity (single or repeated exposure); or aspiration hazard. A chemical can have both physical and health hazards.

What are your rights?

Under the HCS, you have the right to training about:

  • The HCS standard itself;
  • Operations in the workplace that use hazardous chemicals;
  • The hazards of the chemicals you work with;
  • How you can detect a release of those chemicals;
  • How you can get a copy of the written hazcom program;
  • Where SDSs are located and how you can access them; and
  • The labels found on containers of hazardous chemicals.

HANDOUT: Ergonomics for Construction