Earlier this summer, I blogged about the new “not-quite-free” safety program templates now offered by Sotera.
We started offering these inexpensive program templates in response to the frequent requests we receive from clients who need a quick, easy way to get into compliance with OSHA regulations like AWAIR (Minnesota only), Hazard Communication or “Haz. Comm”, Employee Right to Know, and so on. These programs, when fully and correctly customized to a specific organization, satisfy the related OSHA requirements. They can be customized in minutes, and best of all, they’re under $100!
Today, we’re announcing another new addition to our collection of inexpensive safety program templates; Our Hazard Communication (“Haz. Comm”)/Employee Right to Know program. You can find this, and other downloads here.
A written Hazard Communication program is required for each employer whose employees have a routine, or non-routine exposure to any hazardous substance, such as gasoline, paints, aerosols, Carbon Monoxide, welding fumes, wood dust, etc. In addition, Minnesota and a few other states require that the program also addresses exposures to harmful physical agents, including heat, noise and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and infectious agents, such as HIV, Hepatitis, TB, etc. As you can see, the law applies to nearly every employer, and failing to have this simple document on hand is one of the top three most common OSHA violations every year!
One word of warning about template programs; some customers purchase the template, customize it to meet their needs, then put it on the bookshelf. They think that having the program is a final step, but actually, the finalization of the program isn’t a final step…it’s the first step. Once the program is developed, it must be implemented. In other words, the provisions of the program must then be complied with. This means that employees must receive training at their time of hire, and refreshers must be provided periodically – annually in some cases. Chemical containers must be labeled, Safety Data Sheets must be acquired, organized, filed, and made available, etc.
All in all, Hazard Communication is one of the simpler programs to comply with, but it all starts with the written program!
Call us at (612)597-6463 if you have questions.