Safety Training Resources Steps Towards Effective HazCom

Safety Training Resources takes 7 simple steps to ensure an effective hazard communication program.

1. Train supervisors and safety personnel to communicate hazard information and safety procedures effectively. Also train them in general communication skills so that they can interact more successfully with employees.

2. Encourage employee participation in the development and implementation of workplace safety and health programs—for example, through safety committees and other team initiatives.

3. Welcome employee suggestions about ways to improve chemical safety in the workplace. Take their concerns and suggestions seriously and incorporate them into safety programs. Remember that to be truly effective, hazard communication must involve two-way communication.

4. Emphasize safety protections as well as hazards in hazard communication and other chemical safety training programs. Make sure employees understand that working with chemicals is safe as long as they follow established work practices, use appropriate engineering controls, and wear assigned PPE.

5. Provide intensive MSDS and label training. Teach employees how to find and interpret the information in the MSDS and on the label. Provide them with glossaries defining technical terms in plain language. Make sure that they are comfortable with their ability to understand and use chemical safety and health information. Your training effort is not complete until they are.

6. Involve experienced, knowledgeable employees in training programs as trainers and coaches. These workers have a natural rapport with trainees, and they are also well positioned to provide practical information about how to perform the job safely and efficiently.

7. Work hard to build trust between management and employees by demonstrating your commitment to employee safety and health every day. Involve top management in safety awareness campaigns and feature safety as a fundamental organizational goal.

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