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AIR FORCE - AFI 90-821

HAZARD COMMUNICATION (HAZCOM) PROGRAM

active, Most Current
Organization: AIR FORCE
Publication Date: 13 May 2019
Status: active
Page Count: 22
scope:

This AFI provides the requirements for an effective AF HAZCOM Program for those work areas that have workers that handle or use hazardous chemicals. All employees that work in an environment where hazardous chemicals are known to be present in such a manner that employees may be exposed under normal conditions of use or in a foreseeable emergency, will be provided information about the hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed. This information shall be provided by means of a written work area-specific HAZCOM program, including but not limited to Safety Data Sheets (SDSs, formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs), labels, and other forms of warning, information and training.

This AFI applies to:

All AF military and civilian personnel who use, handle, or may be potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals while working under a contractor or working in contractor facilities. The AF retains ultimate responsibility for AF personnel participation and oversight.

Contractor employees who are employed at AF-owned or operated facilities that may be exposed to hazardous chemicals used during an AF operation with the following exceptions:

This AFI does not excuse contractors, as stipulated in their specific contracts, from their compliance obligations under 29 CFR 1910.1200 or any applicable State and local requirements.

Contractors are required to train their own employees in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1200 and any applicable State and local requirements. Contractors are not authorized to use the AF HAZCOM Program for this purpose.

29 CFR 1910.1200 has primacy over state programs at AF installations even if the state has an OSHA-approved state program.

Laboratories are primarily governed by 29 CFR 1910.1450, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories. Such laboratories include educational, histopathology, clinical, and small experimental laboratories. This section on laboratories does not apply to dental, pharmacy, nondestructive inspection (NDI), precision measurement equipment laboratories, quality control laboratories, and laboratories that rely solely on prepackaged, commercially-prepared kits. The elements of a complete laboratory safety and health program (Chapter 4) include: a written chemical hygiene plan, the appointment of a chemical hygiene officer, medical consultation/examination, worker information and training, mishap reporting, hazard identification through use of labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS), hazard controls, record keeping, worker exposure determination and notification, and chemical selection.

In work operations, such as warehousing, where employees only handle chemicals in sealed containers that are not opened under normal conditions of use, this AFI applies to these operations only as follows:

Labeling requirements of paragraph 3.1.3.

SDS requirements of paragraph 3.1.4.

Training requirements of paragraph 3.1.6.

Materials Exempt from the AF HAZCOM Program.

The AF HAZCOM program will apply the exemptions provided in 29 CFR 1910.1200(b)(6)

Munitions as defined in AFMAN 21-200, Munitions and Missile Maintenance Management.

Materials Exempt from the AF HAZCOM Program Labeling Requirements. HAZCOM Program labeling requirements exemptions are listed in 29 CFR 1910.1200(b)(5)

Document History

AFI 90-821
May 13, 2019
HAZARD COMMUNICATION (HAZCOM) PROGRAM
This AFI provides the requirements for an effective AF HAZCOM Program for those work areas that have workers that handle or use hazardous chemicals. All employees that work in an environment where...

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