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Hazard Communication for Non-Laboratorians

The Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200 (HCS) implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor requires employers to provide information to employees regarding the hazardous chemicals in the workplace and the hazardous properties of these chemicals. This information must be disseminated through a hazard communication program involving labeling, safety data sheets, employee training, employee access to written records, and a written hazard communication plan. The implementation of the Hazard Communication Program will ensure all employees the “right-to-know” the hazards and identities of the chemicals with which they work.

The HCS applies to any chemical that is known to be present in the workplace in such a manner that employees may be exposed under normal conditions of use, or in a foreseeable emergency. In accordance with OSHA regulations, laboratory employees are covered under Clemson University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan and are not included in the Hazard Communication Program. The OSHA standard, 29CFR 1910.1200 sets out a procedure for hazard determination and any substance determined to be hazardous under this procedure is subject to the program. The definition of “hazardous chemical” under the standard is any chemical which is classified as a physical hazard or health hazard, a simple asphyxiant, combustible dust, pyrophoric gas, or hazard not otherwise classified. For determination of chemical hazards associated with products not synthesized at Clemson University, personnel should rely on the evaluation performed by the chemical manufacturer or importer transmitted via Safety Data Sheets.

The complete Hazard Communication Standard can be found at:

Clemson University’s Hazard Communication Program is designed to:

  • Reduce the likelihood of injury or illness to employees by implementing specific procedures to identify and evaluate the chemical hazards in the workplace and then inform and train employees on those hazards.
  • Ensure that all individuals at risk are adequately informed about the chemicals used and stored in their workplaces.
  • Outline procedures for all employees working with hazardous chemicals.


The following Hazard Communication Plan was written to comply with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.