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MAY 2015

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46 MAY 2015 COATINGSPROMAG.COM provided in these documents and how to access these tools. Your employees must also be aware of the protective measures available in their workplace, how to use or implement these measures, and who they should contact if an issue arises. Information and training may be done either by individual chemicals or by hazard classes and categories (e.g., acute toxicity or fammable liquids). If there are only a few chemicals in the workplace, then you may want to discuss each one individually. Where there are large numbers of chemicals or the chemicals change frequently, you will probably want to train generally based on the hazard classes and categories. Employees must have access to the substance-specifc information on the labels and SDSs. HazCom 2012 requires you to provide certain information to your employees and to train your employees. Your employees must be informed of: • General requirements of the HCS; • Location of hazardous chemicals in work areas (operations where exposure may occur); • Knowledge of what the workplace hazard communication program includes, and where and how they can access the program; • Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical in the work area (e.g., monitor- ing conducted by the employer, continuous monitoring devices, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc.); • Physical, health, simple asphyx- iation, combustible dust, and pyrophoric gas hazards, as well as hazards not otherwise classified, of the chemicals in the work area; • Measures to take to protect themselves from these hazards, including specific procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees. You can provide employees' infor- mation and training through whatever means are appropriate in your organi- zation. Although there will always have to be some training onsite (e.g., informing employees of the location and availability of the written program and SDSs), employee training may be satisfed in part by general training about the requirements of the HCS and about chemical hazards on the job that is provided by, for example, trade associations, unions, colleges, and professional schools. In addition, previ- ous training, education, and experience of a worker may relieve you of some of the burdens of informing and train- ing that employee. Regardless of the method relied upon, you will always be ultimately responsible for ensuring that your employees are adequately trained. If a compliance ofcer fnds that the training is defcient, you will be cited for the defciency regardless of who actually provided the training on your behalf. All training must be documented to include the date of instruction, the instructor, and the attendees. 6. Evaluate and Periodically Reassess Your Program It will be necessary to periodically evaluate and reassess your program. Te information in your written program must be accurate and up to date. Te list of hazardous chemicals required to be maintained as part of the written program will serve as an inventory. In addition, designation of people to handle diferent parts of the program should be current and accurate. Many companies have found it convenient to include on their purchase orders the name and address of the person designated in their company to receive SDSs to help maintain a complete set. Program coordinators should routinely walk around their worksite(s) to check that containers are labeled as required and that employees are following established work practices to protect themselves from chemical exposure. Proactive monitoring of the workplace is critical to ensuring Safety Watch

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