1) Introduction


Our Commitment to you.

As your employer it is our commitment to follow the standards placed before us by regulatory bodies such as OSHA and it's HazCom program. The purpose of this training is to inform you of hazardous chemicals in the workplace, train you in how to work safely with these chemicals, and to provide you with the proper safety equipment for working with these chemicals.

This training is the initial step towards that commitment. Further information will be given to you by your department head and other supervisors. 

What is HazCom


HazCom was initiated in 1983 by OSHA to ensure that workers were educated of potential chemical hazards in the workplace. It also mandated that the workers be trained in how to work with these chemicals. Back then it was known as the Employee Right-to-know Act. 

HazCom Today

In 2012 HazCom was revised. This revision is expected to prevent an estimated additional 585 injuries and 43 fatalities annually. With this revision came many changes. These Changes affected all Manufacturers, Distributors, Importers, Whole sellers, and Employers who work with potentially hazardous chemicals.


Globally Harmonized System

The largest change made in the 2012 revision was the mandated alignment with GHS. Many of the changes are a direct reflection of this alignment.


Safety Data Sheet

Another change associated with GHS is our shift from MSDS to SDS.

Safety Data Sheets have taken the place of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) in the new GHS.

All MSDS have been replaced with SDS here at SCCC.

Test your Knowledge

  • SDS
    Replaced MSDS
  • HazCom
    Program to inform you of workplace chemical hazards, train you in how to work safely with these chemicals, and to provide you with the proper safety equipment for working with these chemicals.

2) Training


Who Needs to be trained

Any employee who will be potentially exposed to a hazardous chemical will be trained in SCCC HazCom program. 


When to train

Training shall take place for new employees before they are expected to handle any potentially hazardous chemicals.

Training shall take place when new chemicals are introduced into the work environment before any employee is to handle them.

When an employee ask to be refreshed or updated.


What Needs to be Taught

What you need to know is based on your employment level and job description. 

Department Heads

  • SCCC - HazCom Program
  • SDS Sheets
  • Labeling and Pictograms
  • All Hazardous Chemicals in Their Department
  • Accident Reporting
  • Procurement and Receiving of Hazardous Chemicals from Suppliers
  • Procurement and Receiving of SDS
  • Current AHA CPR and First Aid


  • SCCC - HazCom Program
  • SDS Sheets
  • Labeling and Pictograms
  • All Hazardous Chemicals That You Work With
  • Accident Reporting



Your training may take place via any number of mediums.

  • Face to Face Mentorship
  • Staff training and development sessions
  • Web based content
  • Videos
  • Reading

If you do not understand the information ask your supervisor for help. They can present the same material in a different format, language or other means to ensure your comprehension. 

Test your knowledge

  • As an employee you are expected to know how to procure and receive SDS

When should you expect to be trained on potentially hazardous chemicals?

  • As a new employee before you work with them
  • When a new chemical is introduced into your workplace
  • When you ask for it
  • When your employer has time
Choose the best answer(s)

3) How To Access Information Within the HazCom Program

Where you can find the HazCom Written Program

Written HazCom Program Location

The written HazCom Program can be found in the following locations:

  1. At the front of all SDS binders
  2. From your supervisor
  3. On shared documents > Risk Mtg > HazCom and SDS

Test your knowledge

  • The written HazCom program can be found in every chemical storage location

4) Where Hazardous Chemicals are used and stored

What are Hazardous Chemicals

What is a Hazardous Chemical

Any chemical which is classified as a physical hazard, health hazard or not otherwise classified. 

Health Hazards

  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
  • Respiratory irritation
  • Mutagenicity
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Aspiration hazard
  • Simple asphyxiant
  • and many more

Physical Hazards

  • Explosives
  • Flammability
  • Ozidizers 
  • Gases under Pressure
  • Self-heating chemicals
  • Organic Peroxides
  • Corrosives
  • Combustibles
  • and many more

Where can Hazardous Chemicals be found at SCCC



Dining Hall                                                    

Cleaning Closets                                     


Gun Range


Glass Cleaner, Toner, and Whiteout

Degreasers, Bleach, Sanitizers, and Oven Cleaners

Bleach, Wasp Spray, Strong acid cleaners, and Ammonia 

Glues, Lubricants, Fuels, Paints, Woods, and Caustics                               

Solvents, Lead, Oils

Associated Hazards 


Irritation, Burns, Blindness, Respiratory distress, Fire

Irritation, Burns, Blindness, Respiratory distress, Fire

Irritation, Burns, Blindness, Respiratory distress, Fire, Explosions, Asphyxiation

Irritants, Poisons, Fire

Hazardous Chemicals can essentially be found everywhere.

Where can Hazardous Chemicals be found at SCCC

  • Office
  • Dining Hall
  • Shop
  • Cleaning Closets
  • Gun Range
  • Essentially everywhere
  • All of the above

5) How you can become exposed to Hazardous Chemicals



We are all exposed to harmful chemicals everyday. We must protect ourselfs from them in order to work safely with them to prevent any injuries. 

Routes of exposure

A route is a means by which you can become harmed by a chemical.

  • Inhalation - To breath it in
  • Ingestion - To swallow it
  • Absorption - Skin or Eye contact
  • Injection - Forced under the skin

How do you know when you need personal protection equipment?

The SDS will have all hazards, routes of exposure and type of personal protection equipment needed to work with that chemical. 

If you have questions talk with your supervisor. 

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  • Skin or Eye Contact
  • By Swallowing
  • Forced under the skin
  • Breathing in

6) Safety Data Sheets

SDS, What is it?

Safety Data Sheet

The Safety Data Sheet is the go to resource for all information on a particular chemical or product. It has 16 sections:

  1. Identification 
  2. Hazards Identification 
  3. Composition / Information on Ingredients
  4. First Aid Measures
  5. Fire-Fighting Measures
  6. Accidental Release Measures 
  7. Handling and Storage
  8. Exposure Controls / Personal Protection
  9. Physical and Chemical Properties
  10. Stability and Reactivity
  11. Toxicological Information
  12. Ecological Information
  13. Disposal Considerations
  14. Transport Information
  15. Regulatory Information
  16. Other Information

SDS Labels

In addition to the 16 sections SDS also has 9 symbols know as Pictograms. Each symbol relates to a different hazard.

Exclamation Mark

  • Irritant (Skin and Eyes)
  • Skin Sensitizer 
  • Acute Toxicity (harmful)
  • Narcotic Effects
  • Respiratory Irritant
  • Hazardous to Ozone Layer (non-mandatory)

Skull and Crossbones

  • Acute Toxicity (Fatal or toxic)

Environmental (Non-Mandatory)

Aquatic Toxicity

Health Hazard

  • Carcinogen 
  • Mutagenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicity 
  • Respiratory Sensitizer
  • Target Organ Toxicity
  • Aspiration  Toxicity


  • Skin Corrosion / Burns
  • Eye Damage
  • Corrosive to Metals

Flame Over Circle

  • Oxidizers


  • Flammables 
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self-Heating
  • Emits Flammable Gases
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides

Exploding Bomb

  • Explosives
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides

Gas Cylinder 

  • Gases under pressure

SDS, How Do I use it?

Go to the link below for this exercise. This is a PDF of a SDS for an oven cleaner that we use here at SCCC. We will go through this SDS together and use it to answer questions. CAUTION - OPEN THIS LINK IN A NEW TAB. (IF YOU NAVIGATE AWAY FROM THIS PAGE IT MAY NOT SAVE YOUR INFORMATION)

Using the SDS Section 1. What is the Product Name

  • Great Value Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner
  • KIK International LLC

Using the Same SDS Go to Section 2

Section 2

You will notice that there are specific hazards listed here with an associated Category Number 1-5. The category ratings are explained below:

  • 1 = Severe Hazard
  • 2 = Serious Hazard
  • 3 = Moderate Hazard
  • 4 = Slight Hazard
  • 5 = Minimal Hazard

Section 2 - Which two items are listed a severely hazardous by their category

  • Skin corrosion / irritation AND Acute toxicity - Inhalation
  • Skin corrosion / irritation AND Serious eye damage / eye irritation
  • Serious eye damage / eye irritation AND Flammable aerosols
  • Flammable aerosols AND Skin corrosion / irritation

Still in Section 2 - What protective equipment should you wear?

  • Gloves, protective clothing, eye protection and face protection
  • Gloves and eye protection only
  • Eye protection only
  • Gloves and face protection

Section 2 - If you got this on your clothes you should

  • Remove and wash before reuse
  • Remove and throw them away in appropriate container
  • Do nothing unless it burns
  • Remove / Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rise skin with water/shower. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.

Section 4 - If you got this in your eyes what should you do - choose all that apply

  • Rinse thoroughly with plenty of water at least 15 minutes
  • wash under both eyelids
  • Consult a physician
  • Do nothing unless it burns

Section 7 Question - Can this product be stored in an Aluminum container

  • No
  • Yes

Section 8 question. Can you use safety glasses with side shields?

  • Yes
  • No

I Feel Comfortable Using a SDS

  • Yes
  • No

7) Available PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

PPE available to you


Your supervisor will be responsible for PPE training. This should include When to use it, Donning and Doffing.

If any piece of PPE required by the SDS is not available DO NOT work with that chemical.  Let your supervisor know so we can get the equipment to you.

General Types of PPE when working with chemicals

Gloves - all types

Goggles, Face Shields

Gowns, Body Suites, Coats

Face Mask, Respirators 

And More

How do you know which PPE to use

  • By judging what other closely related chemicals like it require
  • Reading the SDS
  • None of the chemicals in my work place require any PPE
  • Asking your supervisor
Choose the best answer(s)

8) EAP - Emergency Action Plan

When to activate the EAP

What is an Emergency Action Plan

An EAP is a pre-determined set of actions that are to be implemented in a step-wise and modular fashion based on the type and severity of incident. 

In this plan the objectives and who is responsible for them should be clearly defined. 


We have no detection or monitoring system for chemicals spills or release. We do not handle anything that requires such precautions. Instead when there is a spill or leak we rely on you to let us know. This is done by:

  • Sight
  • Smell
  • Sound
  • Accidental contact with the chemical

EAP and how to handle a spill

When a spill or leak occurs

  1. If you know what it is and have been trained on how to work with it you may clean it up.
  2. If you do not know what it is or have not been trained on how to work with it. Let your supervisor know.
  3. If you know what the chemical is and have not been trained on how to work with it, then consult the SDS and follow the directions or let your supervisor know.
  4. If it posses an immediate danger to you, other workers, or our guests begin evacuation and let your supervisors know. 
  5. If it is out of the scope of your supervisor they will contact the Site Manager for assistance.
  6. If deemed necessary by the Site Manager, 911 will be called with request of a HAZMAT team along with other evacuation measures.
  7. If ever in doubt, contact your supervisor.

Test your knowledge

  • You can clean up a spill if you know what the chemical is, have consulted the SDS, and have the proper PPE to do so
  • You will be expected to be able to clean up EVERY chemical spill on campus
  • You will be expected to know how to activate the EAP by contacting your supervisor when in need
  • You will be asked to call 911 every time there is a chemical spill or leak

9) Who to contact for further information

Further Information

Need more information

  1. See your supervisor
  2. Consult the HazCom Plan in the front of the SDS books
  3. Read the SDS Sheets