Hazard communication training ensures that employees understand the potential hazards they may be exposed to in the workplace, as well as how they can protect themselves and others. All employees and subcontractors responsible for managing, storing, handling, using and/or disposing of chemicals must receive appropriate hazard communication training before they begin work, as well as any time new hazards are introduced into the workplace.

The level of training should be tailored for employees based on their position, however a basic hazard communications training program should include the following:

  • The types of chemicals used in the facility and their associated hazards
  • How employees may be exposed to chemicals during their storage, use and disposal
  • Explanation of the information contained on SDS and chemical labels in the workplace as well as when these should be consulted
  • Where and how to access SDS information
  • The protective measures in place to prevent harmful exposures to chemicals and who to contact in the event of an emergency
  • Any additional requirements under applicable laws and regulations

Relevant Higg Index Facility Environment Module (FEM) 3.0 indicators:

Chemicals Management – Level 1: Question 3

Hazard Communication Training Resources

Useful hazard communication training materials can be found here: Sample Hazard Communication Training Material


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