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The organizational structure and diversity of 3M has led to the development of a unique system of hazard communication to meet both internal and external needs. 3M is a diversified manufacturer operating in 53 countries with some 6600 kinds of products with annual sales over $8 billion. The large number of raw materials and intermediates used to make these products dictate that 3M has a large responsibility in regard to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication standard.
A corporate hazard communication committee representing various staff groups has developed a compliance plan. The Medical Department is taking the lead in this effort. The hazard communication programs can be divided into internal programs and external programs. These encompass and provide direction for the major elements of hazard communication. 3M has adopted the phrase “you need to know” as a catchword of the hazard communication program. This paper describes the various aspects of the 3M compliance program.
hazard communication, labeling, material safety data sheets, right to know, employee training, hazard evaluation
Toxicology specialist, Medical Department, 3M, St. Paul, MN
Senior product safety scientist, Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance, The Clorox Co., Pleasanton, CA