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Hazard Communication Program

The purpose of the Hazard Communication Program (HazCom) is to ensure employees are aware of hazardous chemicals in the workplace and are provided information regarding the potential hazards associated with exposure to these chemicals. This program is designed to comply with the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) [Ohio House Bill 308 an Act] and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Program or “Employee Right-to-Know” act. All employees are required to have Hazard Communication Training and every department using hazardous chemicals should have a written program.

This program is applicable to all Ohio State University faculty, staff, student employees and contract employees and is applicable to areas where hazardous chemicals are used by employees for work-related activities. “Hazardous Chemical” implies that exposure to a chemical could pose a physical or health hazard.

"Physical hazard” means a chemical for which there is scientifically valid evidence that it is a combustible liquid, a compressed gas, explosive, flammable, an organic peroxide, an oxidizer, pyrophoric, unstable (reactive) or water-reactive.

“Health hazard” means a chemical for which there is significant evidence that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed employees.

Elements of the Hazard Communincation Program include:
- A written Hazard Commuincation Plan.
- A chemical inventory of hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
- Copies of "Safety Data Sheets" (SDS) for hazardous chemicals in the workplace
- Labeling requirements of primary and secondary containers
- Applicable "Standard Operating Procedures" (SOP) for specific hazardous chemicals
- Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Employee Training
- Emergency Procedures for Chemicals Spills/Releases

OSU Hazard Communication Plan Template (PDF)
OSU Hazard Communication Plan Template (Word Doc)
CFAES HazComm Chemical Inventory List Template (PDF)
CFAES HazComm Chemical Inventory List Template (Excel)
SOP - CFAES Steam and Pressure Wash Template (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Disinfectant / Cleaning Solutions - Livestock Areas (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Bleach cleaning: concentrations of 3 - 10% Template (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Barnstorm High-Foaming Acidic Cleaner (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Vikron S cleaning (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Spore-Klenz (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Isopropyl Alcohol (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Betco Quat Stat-5 (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES Formaldehyde - Aquaculture Use (Word Doc)
SOP - CFAES MS222 (Word Doc)
SDS - Intervention Farm Animal Care Disinfectant Cleaner & Deodorizer
OSU CFAES: Hazard Assessment for PPE Tool
OSU CFAES Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) webpage
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Guidelines
Link to OSU Lab Standard Resources (PPE, SOPs, etc...)
OSHA Hazard Communication Fact Sheet
OSHA Hazard Communication: Frequently Asked Questions
Global Harmonization System Reference Poster


Employee Training

All Ohio State University employees are required to complete training on “Hazard Communication".   This training is mandatory, even for personnel who do not work in a laboratory or handle hazardous materials. Both of these mandatory trainings can be done on-line and will not take very long to complete.  The reason OSU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety is asking this be done on-line, is to be efficient in documenting those who have participated. All faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the trainings to comply with the State Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Program (“Employee Right-to-Know”).

OSU Employee On-line Training:

1) Click on this link -

2) Cick on the Occupational Health & Safety content area.

3) Scroll down to locate the Hazard Communication training course and click on "Take this Course".

4) Sign in using your login (last name.###)

5) At the end of the on-line training you will be prompted to take the quiz.

6) Once training has been completed, a list your training sessions will be listed under “My Training”.


If you have any questions regarding Hazard Communication or Global Harmonized System (GHS), please contact Kent McGuire at or 292-0588. You may also contact the OSU Environmental Health and Safety Office online at or by phone at (614) 292-1284.


Reviewed / Updated: 11/17/20 K. McGuire