b. To achieve these goals, the Standard requires certain actions. First,
chemical manufacturers and importers must:
(1) Conduct hazard determinations to identify the hazards of, and
appropriate control measures for the chemicals they produce or import.
(2) Label all containers of hazardous chemicals leaving the workplace to
communicate the identity of the material, all appropriate hazard warnings, and the name
and address of the responsible party.
(3) Obtain or prepare an accurate and up-to-date Material Safety Data
Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical material sold and provide a copy to every
person, agency, or company that purchases the chemical.
(4) Add new information to the MSDS on the hazards of a chemical and/or
appropriate control measures within three months after becoming aware of such
The Standard also requires companies/agencies to do the following:
(1) Maintain a MSDS for every hazardous chemical used and/or stored
and make these MSDSs readily available to workers on every shift and in every location
where used or stored.
(2) Make sure that containers of hazardous chemicals are labeled, tagged,
or otherwise marked to identify the chemical and warn workers of the hazards it
(3) Maintain an up-to-date list of hazardous chemical materials known to
be present in the workplace and make this list readily available to workers at all times.
(4) Inform and train workers.
(5) Maintain a written local Hazard Communication Program that
describes how the organization complies with the above actions and make this written
program available to employees upon request.