Hazard Communications Self-Inspection

     Is there a list of hazardous substances used in your workplace?
     Is there a written hazard communication program dealing with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), labeling, and employee training?
     Is each container for a hazardous substance (i.e., vats, bottles, storage tanks, etc.) labeled with product identity and a hazard warning (communication of the specific health hazards and physical hazards)?
     Is there a Material Safety Data Sheet readily available for each hazardous substance used?
     Is there an employee training program for hazardous substances?
     Does this program include:
  • An explanation of what an MSDS is and how to use and obtain one?
  • MSDS contents for each hazardous substance or class of substances?
  • Explanation of "Right to Know?"
  • Identification of where an employee can see the employers written hazard communication program and where hazardous substances are present in their work areas?
  • The physical and health hazards of substances in the work area, and specific protective measures to be used?
  • Details of the hazard communication program, including how to use the labeling system and MSDS's?
     Are employees trained in the following:
  • How to recognize tasks that might result in occupational exposure?
  • How to use work practice and engineering controls and personal protective equipment and to know their limitations?
  • How to obtain information on the types selection, proper use, location, removal handling, decontamination, and disposal of personal protective equipment?
  • Who to contact and what to do in an emergency?

OSHA Self-Inspection Checklist