HazCom Regulatory Information

Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-800-170 (Employer chemical hazard communication), WAC 296-828 (Hazardous chemicals in laboratories), and WAC 296-839 (Material safety data sheet and label preparation) set the basic requirements for a chemical hazard communication program (HazCom). The University of Washington program is mandated in Administrative Policy Statement (APS) 12.5, Chemical Hazard Communication.

WAC 296-800-140 (Accident prevention program) requires that training about chemical hazards must be effective. WAC 296-800-160 (Personal protective equipment) also requires training if personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to protect from chemical exposures. WAC 296-802 (Employee medical and exposure records) requires informing workers annually about their access to medical records and chemical exposure monitoring records.

Requirements that force the University to track chemical inventories with a centralized system are found in:

  • The Bothell/Seattle/Tacoma Fire Codes,
  • The congressional act Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) (40 CFR Parts 355 and 370) found in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), Title 3, and,
  • The United States Department of Homeland Security requirements, which are at 6 CFR Part 27, promulgated as the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).

There are also several individual chemical regulations (as of 5/10/10) that have chemical hazard communication requirements, typically if the chemical's airborne levels in the workplace exceed some limit set by the regulation:

  • WAC 296-62-073 through -07316 (Carcinogens: 4-Nitrobiphenyl, Alpha-Naphthylamine, 4,4-Methylene bis (2-chloroaniline), Methyl chloromethyl ether, 3,3-Dichlorobenzidine (and its salts), Bis-Chloromethyl ether, Beta-Naphthylamine, Benzidine, 4-Aminodiphenyl, Ethyleneimine, Beta-Propiolactone, 2-Acetylaminofluorene, 4-Dimethylaminoazobenzene, N-Nitrosodimethylamine),
  • WAC 296-62-07329 (Vinyl chloride),
  • WAC 296-62-07336 through -07340 (Acrylonitrile),
  • WAC 296-62-07342 through -07346 (1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane),
  • WAC 296-62-07373 (Communication of ethylene oxide hazards to employees),
  • WAC 296-62-07425 (Communication of cadmium hazards to employees),
  • WAC 296-62-07460 (Butadiene),
  • WAC 296-62-07470 (Methylene chloride),
  • WAC 296-62-07519 (Thiram),
  • WAC 296-62-07521 (Lead),
  • WAC 296-62-07621 (Communication of hazards to employees Methylenedianiline),
  • WAC 296-62-07722 (Asbestos, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite: Employee information and training),
  • WAC 296-62-08025 (Communication of chromium (VI) hazards to employees),
  • WAC 296-62-14533 (Cotton dust),
  • WAC 296-62-20019 (Coke oven emissions: Employee information and training),
  • WAC 296-67-025 (Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals: Training),
  • WAC 296-826-20010 (Anhydrous ammonia: Training),
  • WAC 296-848-30005 (Arsenic: Training),
  • WAC 296-849-11050 (Benzene: Training),
  • WAC 296-855-20090 (Ethylene oxide: Training), and,
  • WAC 296-856-20020 (Formaldehyde: Training)