You must prepare a written hazard communication plan if employees at your workplace use or may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. The plan, which must be specific to your workplace, requires that you:
If a chemical is hazardous and an employee could be exposed to it, put it on the list. Update your list when you receive new chemicals. Make sure there is a safety data sheet for each chemical on the list.
Describe how you will make sure that each container has a label that identifies the chemical and warns of its hazards.
Keep safety data sheets where they are readily available to all employees. Identify the location if you store them in a paper file. Describe how employees will access them if you store them electronically and indicate who to contact if one is missing or incomplete.
Include how employees can protect themselves from hazards, how to read warning labels and safety data sheets, and where employees can review safety data sheets.
Identify the nonroutine tasks (such as the cleaning of reactor vessels) and determine what employees must do to minimize exposure.
Focus on pipes that run through employees’ work areas.
Include where employees can find safety data sheets and how they can recognize warning labels on hazardous chemicals.