Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry


October 15 , 2012

construction employee training about hazard communication

Training employees about hazard communication

Required hazard communication training

If you have employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, you must inform them about the chemicals and train them when they are hired and whenever a new chemical hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their work area.

Inform employees about:

  • The requirements of 1910.1200.
  • Any operations in their work areas where hazardous chemicals are present.
  • The location and availability of the written hazard communication program, including the list of hazardous chemicals, and safety data sheets.

Required training must cover:

  • The methods you use to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals in employees’ work areas (such as exposure monitoring and the appearance or odor of the chemicals).
  • The physical and health hazards of the chemicals in their work areas, including simple asphyxiation, combustible dust, pyrophoric gases, and hazards not otherwise classified.
  • The measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards, including those you have implemented, such as appropriate work practices, emergency procedures, and required personal protective equipment.
  • The details of your hazard communication program, including:
    • An explanation of the labels on shipped containers you receive.
    • The labeling system you use on in-house containers and on pipes in employees’ work areas that contain hazardous substances.
    • The information presented on safety data sheets, including the order of the information.
    • How employees can obtain and use the information on safety data sheets.

Who can train employees?

Choose a person who understands the required training topics and has the skills to conduct the training.



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