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Hazard Communication

Hazard Determination

The chemical manufacturer or importer of a chemical is required to review available data about the hazards of the chemical and perform a hazard determination in accordance with the requirements of the standard. The hazard determination involves review of data about both health and physical hazards. The following references aid in finding information for hazard determination.

  • Small Business Handbook. OSHA Publication 2209-02R, (2005). Also available as a 260 KB PDF, 56 pages.
  • Chemical Hazard Communication. OSHA Publication 3084, (1998). Also available as a 284 KB PDF, 31 pages. Establishes uniform requirements to make sure that the hazards of all chemicals imported into, produced, or used in US workplaces are evaluated, and that this hazard information is transmitted to affected employers and exposed employees.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Hazard Communication (HAZCOM). OSHA. Provides answers to frequently asked questions, and references applicable interpretation and compliance letters.
  • Chemical Safety. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety and Health Topic. Provides a number of sources that can assist with hazard determinations and other parts of hazard communication.
  • Household Products Database: Health & Safety Information on Household Products. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Provides information about chemical consumer products.
  • The National Toxicology Program's Report on Carcinogens (RoC) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs must be consulted when determining the carcinogenic potential of a chemical under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).
    • Report on Carcinogens (RoC). US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Toxicology Program (NTP). Identifies and discusses agents, substances, mixtures, or exposure circumstances that may pose a hazard to human health by virtue of their carcinogenicity.
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Provides information about the toxic effects of chemicals.
  • Understanding Toxic Substances. Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 153 KB PDF, 17 pages. Explains how chemicals can affect the body, what to look for when reading health information, the different types of exposure limits for chemicals in the workplace, tips on how to know if you are exposed, what you can do to reduce exposure, and where to go for additional information.
  • The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Response and Restoration (ORR), (2006, October 23). Includes a database of reactivity information for over 6,000 common hazardous chemicals, case histories on specific chemical incidents, with references, and features free, downloadable software to "mix" selected chemicals and predict their reactivity. This is the first page of the series, and additional pages, provide download instructions, FAQs, basic instructions, practice exercises, tips for users and a technical document with instructions for adding additional chemicals to the worksheet.
  • US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). Provides a number of links to sites with information related to chemical safety.
  • For additional information, see OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages on:

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