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PEOSH Hazard Communication Standard
(N.J.A.C. 12:100-7)

Overview

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are approximately 32 million workers who are exposed to or have the potential for being exposed to one or more chemical hazards in the workplace. The number of exposed or potentially exposed individuals, the rate at which chemicals are being introduced yearly, in addition to over 600,000 chemicals that already exist support the need for workers to be informed about the chemical hazards they may encounter in the workplace (OSHA Fact Sheet 93-26).

Public sector as well as private sector workers can be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace. Examples of potentially hazardous groups of chemicals present in public sector workplaces include:

Petroleum-based products gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, greases
Acids / caustics battery fluids, etching agents, lye
Solvents acetone, benzene, degreasing agents, xylene
Agricultural chemicals pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides
Cleaning agents detergents, disinfectants
Coatings paints, lacquers, shellacs, sealers, varnishes, wood preservatives
Adhesives glues

The PEOSH Hazard Communication Standard gives workers the right to information on chemical hazards. The standard requires that employers:

  • Label hazardous materials
  • Have Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available
  • Train all workers who are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals
  • Maintain a list of hazardous chemicals in each work establishment
  • Have a written Hazard Communication Program that includes the employer's plan for doing the above tasks.

The PEOSH Hazard Communication Standard overlaps with the New Jersey Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act. Public employers must comply with both.

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Regulation

PEOSH Hazard Communication Standard (N.J.A.C. 12:100-7).

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Resources to Help with Compliance

PEOSH Public Employer's Guide for the Hazard Communication Standard [pdf 346k]
Designed to help employers and employees understand the requirements of the PEOSH Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), N.J.A.C. 12:100-7. An overview of the major components of the PEOSH HCS and explanations of how components of the New Jersey Worker and Community Right to Know Act interact with the PEOSH HCS are provided.

PEOSH Model Written Hazard Communication Program [doc 63k]
Designed to show employers how to develop their own written program. The format and content of the sample written program must be modified to reflect the actual activity and policies of each individual workplace in order to make it an effective management tool for protecting the health and safety of employees. Every workplace that uses hazardous substances must have a written program and is required to implement an effective hazard communication program.

Forms

Name of Form Fillable Word Format PDF
Format
Hazard Communication Compliance Checklist [doc 95k] [pdf 26k]
Worksheet for Hazardous Chemical List [doc 45k] [pdf 11k]
Sample Letter Requesting MSDS’s [doc 22k] [pdf 22k]
Documentation of Training [doc 43k] [pdf 11k]

Frequently Asked Questions

“PEOSH Program Hazard Communication Standard (N.J.A.C.  12:100-7)
Public Employers’ and Employees’ Frequently Asked Questions, May 2005”

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Additional Hazard Communication Resources

OSHA Web Page on Hazard Communication: Foundation of Workplace Chemical Safety Programs

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Chemical Resources Home Page

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