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WAC 296-901-14010

Written hazard communication program.

(1) Employers must develop, implement, and maintain at each workplace, a written hazard communication program which at least describes how the criteria specified in WAC 296-901-14012, 296-901-14014, and 296-901-14016 for labels and other forms of warning, safety data sheets, and employee information and training will be met, and which also includes the following:
(a) A list of the hazardous chemicals known to be present using a product identifier that is referenced on the appropriate safety data sheet (the list may be compiled for the workplace as a whole or for individual work areas); and
(b) The methods the employer will use to inform employees of the hazards of nonroutine tasks (for example, the cleaning of reactor vessels), and the hazards associated with chemicals contained in unlabeled pipes in their work areas.
(2) Multi-employer workplaces. Employers who produce, use, or store hazardous chemicals at a workplace in such a way that the employees of other employer(s) may be exposed (for example, employees of a construction contractor working on-site) must additionally ensure that the hazard communication programs developed and implemented under this section include the following:
(a) The methods the employer will use to provide the other employer(s) on-site access to safety data sheets for each hazardous chemical the other employer(s)' employees may be exposed to while working;
(b) The methods the employer will use to inform the other employer(s) of any precautionary measures that need to be taken to protect employees during the workplace's normal operating conditions and in foreseeable emergencies; and
(c) The methods the employer will use to inform the other employer(s) of the labeling system used in the workplace.
(3) The employer may rely on an existing hazard communication program to comply with these requirements, provided that it meets the criteria established in this section.
(4) The employer must make the written hazard communication program available, upon request, to employees, their designated representatives, the department according to the requirements of this section.
(5) Where employees must travel between workplaces during a workshift, i.e., their work is carried out at more than one geographical location, the written hazard communication program may be kept at the primary workplace facility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060 and 29 C.F.R. 1910 Subpart Z. WSR 13-06-050, ยง 296-901-14010, filed 3/5/13, effective 4/15/13.]
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