Hazard Communications Plan – OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200

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Hazard Communications Plan

ABC Tier I Auto

Grand Haven, Michigan

Prepared by:

EHS Management Strategies, LLC

5605 Kies Street, Suite 100

Rockford Michigan 49341


Approved By:


Jerry Lewis

General Manager
Hazard Communication Program

General Information

ABC Tier 1 is committed to the prevention of hazardous material and chemical incidents that could result in injury and/or illness to any employee.  We will provide a safe and healthful work environment for employees and all levels of supervision will be accountable for the safety of those employees under their direction.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) is based on the simple concept that employees have both a need and a “right to know” the identities and hazards of any chemicals they work with during the course of their employment.  Employees also need to know what protective measures are available to prevent chemical exposures and how to avoid adverse health effects.

This is our written Hazard Communication program.  Copies of this program will be available in LOCATION for review by any interested employees.  We will meet the requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard as follows:

Container Labeling

Jerry Lewis, General Manager with support from Shift Supervisors will verify that all product containers kept onsite will clearly list contents on the label:

  • Product      Name
  • Hazard      warnings (corrosive, flammable, skin irritant, etc.); and
  • Manufacturer’s      name and address.

It is the policy of ABC Tier 1that no container will be released for use unless it has a complete label.  Shift Supervisors will ensure that secondary containers, such as spray bottles, have complete labels.  Either (1) a copy of the original manufacturer’s label will be made and placed on the secondary container, or (2) the minimal information bulleted above will be placed on the container in permanent ink.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Copies of MSDS’s for all hazardous chemicals to which employees of this company may be exposed will be kept in yellow MSDS book located the entrance to the plant.  Employees are encouraged to look-up MSDS’s for the chemicals they use.  MSDS’s will be available to all employees during all shifts.  If an MSDS is missing, or if a new product arrives without an MSDS, immediately inform Shift Supervisor or Jerry Lewis, General Manager so they can call the supplier or manufacturer. MSDS and obsolete MSDS will be maintained for a minimum of 30 years.

Employee Information and Training

Prior to starting work, each new employee will attend a health and safety orientation and will receive information and training on the following:


  • An overview of the requirements contained in OSHA’s HAZCOM standard: 29 CFR 1910.1200.
  • Chemicals present at ABC TIER 1 Company.
  • Location and availability of our written hazard program.
  • Physical hazards and health effects of ABC TIER 1 Company’s hazardous chemicals.
  • Methods and observation techniques used to determine the presence or release of hazardous chemicals in the work area.
  • How to reduce or prevent exposure to these hazardous chemicals by using engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment.
  • Steps ABC Tier 1has taken to reduce or prevent exposure to these chemicals.
  • Emergency procedures to follow if an employee is exposed to ABC Tier 1chemicals.
  • How to read labels and review MSDS’s to obtain appropriate hazard information.

Supervisors are responsible for conducting job specific hazard training on chemicals used by their employees.  After attending training, each employee will sign a form to verify that he or she attended the training, received our written materials, and understands ABC TIER 1 Company’s policies on hazard communication.


Notes on training:

·       Training shall be provided at the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure to a hazardous chemical may take place. This training will be documented.

  • Training shall be repeated whenever a new chemical or a new hazard is introduced in the work area.
  • An oral or written test should be established to verify that the employee understood the training.


Hazardous Chemicals List

Jerry Lewis, General manager has compiled a list of all the chemicals and products used at ABC Tier I Auto.  This list is kept in the front of the MSDS book.  Each chemical entry on the inventory list has a corresponding MSDS available for providing specific hazard information and personal protective measures.  This list will be updated annually to remove chemicals that are no longer in use at ABC Tier 1and to add new products.


Hazardous Non-Routine Tasks

Occasionally, an ABC Tier 1 employee may be asked to perform a task that is not part of their normal job.  Before taking on a new task, the affected employee will be given information by their supervisor about any hazardous chemicals that might be used during the activity.


This information will include:

  • Specific chemical hazards;
  • Protective measures employees can take; and
  • Measures ABC Tier 1has taken to reduce the hazards, which might include ventilation, personal protective equipment, use of the buddy system, and emergency procedures.


Informing Contractors

It is the responsibility of any employee who is responsible for hiring a contractor to provide contractors with the following information:

  • Hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed while working at ABC Tier 1and the procedure for obtaining MSDS’s; and
  • Precautions contracted employees may take to reduce the possibility of exposure by using appropriate protective measures; and
  • An explanation of ABC TIER 1 Company’s labeling system.


It is also the employee’s responsibility to identify and obtain MSDS’s for chemicals the contractor brings into ABC TIER 1 Company.




This is to certify that I have been trained and informed about the hazards and precautions associated with the use of hazardous chemicals in my work at ABC TIER 1 Company.


         Overview of the requirements contained in   OSHA’s HAZCOM standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.
         Locations and availability of ABC TIER 1   Company’s written hazard communication (HAZCOM) program and the MSDS book.
         Chemicals I am likely to use for my job at ABC   TIER 1 Company.
         Physical properties and health effects of these   hazardous chemicals.
         Methods and observation techniques used to   determine the presence or release of hazardous chemicals in my work area.
         How to reduce or prevent exposure to these   hazardous chemicals through control and work practices and use of personal   protective equipment.
         Steps ABC Tier 1has taken to reduce or prevent   exposure to these chemicals.
         Emergency procedures to follow in the event of   a spill or release.
         How to read container labels and how to review   and interpret MSDS’s to obtain appropriate hazard information.
Employee’s Name 
Date of Training 





Product   Name


Common   Name

Work   Area(s) Where Used


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