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Hazard Communication

This is a 4 hour hazard communication course that satisfies the general training requirements of OSHA’s hazard communication standard 29CFR1910.1200. If this course is not tailored for participants’ specific worksite, some additional training will be required at their worksite, such as what chemicals are in their work area, where Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and the employer’s written Hazcom program are located. 
CPWR has based this course on good adult education techniques, like involving students in small group activities. This approach will foster participation from the class and allow students to draw on their work experience to learn material and solve problems.

This course is delivered in 8 sections:

  1. Course introduction
  2. Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) overview
  3. Review of common health effects
  4. Chemical overview
  5. Measurement and exposure limits
  6. Other ways of communicating hazards
  7. Controlling hazards
  8. Emergencies and first aid

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the 5 key elements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (Hazcom).
  2. Describe your rights under OSHA’s Hazcom standard.
  3. Identify the new OSHA label symbols and explain what each means.
  4. Describe the 4 routes of entry for chemicals and give an example of a chemical known to enter the body through each. 

Below we have provided the materials you will need as an instructor of this course.  We encourage you to be an instructor who facilitates the course. Try to use the activities and questions included in the presentations to draw out students’ experiences related to chemical use in the workplace and then to help them fill in the missing pieces.

Hazard Communication Training Instructor Manual (12mb PDF)
Hazard Communication Training PowerPoint (43mb PPT)
Hazard Communication Training Student Manual (12mb PDF)

This course is also available in Spanish.  It is assumed that any instructor delivering this training in Spanish is bilingual in both English and Spanish, therefore we have NOT translated the Instructor Manual.  The Student Manual and the PowerPoint have both been translated.  However, the notes included within the PowerPoint are still in English, because they are only for the instructor.  You can find the files here:

Capacitación en comunicación de riesgos manual del estudiante​
Capacitación en comunicación de riesgos PowerPoint