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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication standard was developed to ensure that workers understand the hazards of substances in their workplace. The key to accomplishing this objective is through effective industrial training programs. Industry, while desiring performance language in OSHA standards, appears confused with the performance language of the Hazard Communication standard. Effective compliance can only be achieved through an understanding of the standard and the personality of one's company. Although many of the standard's requirements are unique, many other requirements have been performed for years by industry. The confusion performance language is creating has become a roadblock to effective compliance. A thorough analysis of the standard and company needs, coupled with a logical approach to compliance in a timely manner, is essential.
hazard communication, hazardous substances, performance language, industrial training, training requirements, nonroutine tasks, emergency procedures, material safety data sheets, record keeping, training evaluation, contractor training
Supervisor, Safety Resource Development, ICI Americas Inc., Wilmington, DE