The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Program outlines the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s commitment to compliance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard as adopted by the Illinois Department of Labor on 9/17/2007. It provides guidance on how to implement the plan for individual campus units (department, division, school, center, institute).
The HazCom Program applies to all non-laboratory work areas where employees are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals.
A HazCom Plan is required for shops where any kind of chemicals, e.g., paints, thinners, glues, sprays, wood dust, are being used or generated; maintenance personnel are using chemicals such as cleaning agents; or for any other work place where employees regularly use products that contain hazardous chemicals. Each campus unit should identify work areas where non-laboratory exposure to chemicals occurs. The unit head is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the HazCom Standard are met.
A HazCom Plan is NOT required for occasional use of consumer products such as glues, ink, toner, or detergents, where the exposure is not higher or different than it would be for typical household use. Typical office use of such consumer products does NOT require participation in the program.
Contact DRS if you think your unit may fall under the HazCom Program and you have not implemented a plan. We will assist you in implementing a plan for your unit. DRS will also perform a hazard assessment and provide initial training.
To implement the plan, be familiar with the campus HazCom Plan. The plan is composed of the following five elements:
The campus HazCom Plan should be appended with unit specific information (form below), such as location of the plan, SDS, and personnel responsible for maintaining the plan.
The plan should be evaluated annually by the unit to make sure:
The annual review should be documented via the Annual Evaluation Form (below), with a copy emailed to DRS.
OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 1910.1200
OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Standard 1910.132