Course Name
Hazard Communication (HazCom)

Contact Hours: 8

Course Description
To protect those workers exposed to hazardous chemicals in all industrial sectors, the Federal Government established the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), also known as the “right to know” law. This standard is based on a simple concept: that employees have both a need and a right to know the hazards and the identities of the chemicals they are exposed to when working.

This course is designed to assist both employers and employees in learning about work hazards and how to protect themselves. This course can be completed as quickly as you care to, depending on how much time you can devote to it. Note that we have set a 90 day access period to the course with further extensions up to 6 months if needed. It is always a best practice to take your time and make sure that you understand each lesson in full detail. Complete in as little as 8 hours.

Who Should Take This Course:

  • All workers exposed to hazardous chemicals in all industrial sectors
  • All employers who subject their employees to hazardous chemicals
  • All employers who have employees that are exposed to hazardous chemicals.

This course will focus on the responsibilities of the employer in establishing and implementing an effective hazard communication program. By the end of this course you should be able to:
  • Be familiar with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard
  • List the primary Hazard Communications Standard responsibilities for manufacturers, distributors, importers, and employers
  • Describe the basic elements of the Hazard Communications Program
  • Discuss the nature of chemical hazards and the types of exposures they present
  • List the information required on each of the four types of hazardous chemical containers
  • Describe each of the 12 required sections of a Material Safety Data Sheet
  • Identify the basic requirements of the hazard communication training program.

There are five (5) modules, a confirmation page, a glossary, and an online reference section that comprise this course. Each module is accompanied by an exam to help you evaluate your understanding of the course material. In order to complete the course, you must review the modules and submit the exams. Although not required, we suggest you proceed through the modules in the order they are presented.


  1. Introduction to the OSHA HCS: Introduction Becoming Familiar with the Rule Limitations of the Rule Identifying Responsible Staff Exam 1
  2. Analyzing the Workplace; Assessing the Hazards: Scope Application Products Exempt from Coverage Responsibilities Assessing the Hazards of Chemicals in the Workplace Routes of Entry Exam 2
  3. Container Labeling: Primary Container Labeling Labeling Solid Materials Secondary Container Labeling Alternative Labeling Methods Stationary Process Container Labeling Portable Container Labeling Exam 3
  4. MSDS: Responsibilities The MSDS Form Exam 4
  5. Information and Training: Education Training When is Training Required? Retraining New Hires Training at Multi-Employer Worksites Training Temporary Employees How Extensive Should Training Be? Checklist for Compliance Conclusion Exam 5