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Hazard Communication

OSU Employees have the right to a safe workplace and have the right to know: 

  • The identity of any hazardous chemicals or biological substances than an employee may use or have exposure
  • The hazardous effects of these substances
  • The precautions to observe when handling these substances
  • The procedures to follow when emergency medical treatment is needed in the event of overexposure

The OSU Hazard Communication Program is designed to transmit vital information to employees about real and potential hazards in the workplace. In particular, hazard communications include providing inventories of hazardous substances in the workplace, providing safety information for hazardous substances, proper labeling of hazardous substances, and workplace-related training on hazards and hazard emergency response. 


All employees should have general Hazard Communication knowledge for working at OSU. However, the Hazard Communication Program directly affects all employees working in areas that store and/or use hazardous substances.


All university work areas that use or store hazardous substances must implement a Hazard Communication Program.



Laboratory Entrance Placarding and Chemical Labeling

NFPA Rating Explanation Guide

OSU HazCom Policy and Procedures 3-0535

OSU HazCom Template


Additional HazCom Information

29 CFR 1910.1200

Title 40, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 401-424


Global Harmonized System (GHS)

NFPA and HazCom Label Comparison

OSU Chemical Inventory List

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