What are different types of hazard communication?

When preparing to implement a HazCom system in a facility, it is important to learn about the different options. There are multiple different types of HazCom labels and other tools that need to be used in order to maximize safety in the facility. Providing employees with the necessary training on all aspects of a hazardous communications strategy will help them to always know the risks and take the right steps to stay safe.

Types of HazCom Labels

HazCom labels come in several different types. Choosing the one that is needed in a given situation will help ensure that information will be easy to understand, accurate, and understandable by everyone in the area. Some examples of the different types of HazCom labels are:

Choosing the right type of label is an important part of any HazCom strategy. Every place where any type of hazardous chemical is kept should have one or more labels on it to convey accurate information right away.

HazCom Information

In addition to the labels, a HazCom strategy must have additional information available when it is needed. The labels are intended to quickly convey specific information about the hazards associated with a chemical. In the event that someone needs to get more information about a given chemical, the HazCom system also requires that companies keep Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for every chemical that is used or stored on site.

HazCom vs. GHS

One last thing to note is that when looking at different ‘types’ of HazCom, the topic of GHS (Globally Harmonized System) is sure to come up. Much of HazCom was actually based on GHS, and their standards are quite compatible. GHS is often seen as the global version of HazCom. So, when learning about one, it makes sense to learn about the other.

 

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