Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Purpose and Description of This Program

Who Does the Hazard Communication Program Apply To?

Personnel whose chemical use is limited to consumer or commercial chemicals/chemical products are subject to the Hazard Communication Program at Virginia Tech.

(Personnel who use scientific-grade hazardous chemicals/gases in laboratory research are regulated differently.)

OSHA Compliance

Virginia Tech’s Hazard Communication Program (HCP) has been prepared in accordance with requirements of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.

OSHA requires manufacturers and importers to evaluate their hazardous chemicals for physical and health hazards, and to communicate specific hazard information to downstream chemical users.

OSHA also requires employers to both ensure hazard information is available to employees, and train their employees to understand and use hazard communication in order to work safely.

Virginia Tech departments will accomplish the safety goals of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard for their employees, personnel and students in the following ways:

  • Ensure that the following information is available to personnel on workplace-specific chemical hazards:
    1. Labels and other forms of warning on chemical and chemical product containers
    2. Safety data sheets (SDS)
    3. Employee information and training