Hazard Communication with GHS: FAQs

Accuform Signs recently released this resource with information about Hazard Communication and answers to frequently asked questions.

HazCom 2012 includes the following major requirements:

  • Hazard Classification
  • Labels
  • Safety data sheets
  • Information and Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be affected by HazCom 2012 GHS?  Who has to comply with GHS?

  • HazCom 2012 affects any company that has chemicals in the workplace.  All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and SDSs for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.

Do all employees need to be trained?

  • OSHA believes that effective training is a key part of hazard communication.  All employees must be informed of the presence of hazardous chemicals and where they are used in the workplace.  While written information is important, it is training that provides an opportunity to explain specific information, measures to detect, procedures to follow, and PPE that workers can use to protect themselves from these hazards.

Does HazCom 2012 apply to office settings?

  • Office workers who encounter hazardous chemicals only in isolated instances are not covered by the rule.  OSHA considers most office products to be exempt under the provisions of the rule, either as articles or as consumer products.  For example, OSHA has previously stated that intermittent or occasional use of a copying machine does not result in coverage under the rule.  However, if an employee handles the chemicals to service the machine or operates it for long periods of time, the program would have to be applied.

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