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Your partner... in effectively communicating workplace hazards to employees

Simply put, the main objective of hazard communication (HAZCOM) is to inform the employees about the chemicals used in their workplace and the associated hazards. It also ensures compliance with the employees’ right-to-know regulation. As a first step towards reducing chemical-related risks in the work environment, a HAZCOM Program gives them the knowledge and tools on how to protect themselves. Implementing measures that reduce exposures, using other less hazardous materials and establishing good work practices helps you reduce the potential for chemical exposures, thereby, reducing the potential for work-related illnesses and injuries caused by chemicals.  Our HAZCOM services include:

 

  • HAZCOM Program Development - Beginning with an evaluation and analysis of the chemicals used on-site, combined with our expertise and in-depth knowledge of chemicals and their potential hazards, we work with your team to design a written hazard communication program tailored to your needs.

 

  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)/Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - In its 2012 HAZCOM standard, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aligned with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and communication of the hazards of chemicals internationally for workers, employers, consumers, transportation workers, and emergency responders. Per the regulation, chemical producers and manufacturers need to ensure that their SDS/MSDS are updated and compliant. SOMA can help in reclassifying the hazards of the product of concern per GHS and develop the associated SDS and labels, as needed.
     

  • Training - Based on the SDSs and your HAZCOM program, SOMA will help identify specific training needs, workplace safety signage, labeling for secondary containers, personal protective equipment (PPE) needs and industrial hygiene monitoring to quantify the hazard. We also provide training and conduct exposure monitoring to help ensure ongoing management and responsiveness to your workplace chemical hazards.