Failure to have a written Hazard Communication Program is one of OSHA's most common citations. Every employer that uses hazardous chemicals must have a written hazard communication program.
Appendix A of the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals contains a sample free written hazard communication program. This document also provides useful guidance for understanding and complying with hazard communication regulations.
The program starts on page 30, and contains the following sections:
- Company policy.
- Container labeling.
- Safety data sheets.
- Employee information and training.
- Hazards of non-routine tasks.
- Informing other employees and contractors.
- List of hazardous chemicals.