Two important OSHA standards for anyone working with hazardous chemicals, such as acids and caustics, to be aware of are 29 CFR 1910.1200, the revised Hazard Communication Standard, and 1910.120, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response. Those training workers to handle such chemicals also need to be familiar with them.
The revised HazCom standard has been aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, or GHS. The standard covers the issue of classifying potential hazards of chemicals and communicating information about their hazards and appropriate protective measures to workers. The HAZWOPER standard applies to cleanups done at hazardous waste sites and specifies that employers involved in these must develop and implement a written safety and health program that identifies, evaluates, and controls safety and health hazards and also provides for emergency response for the hazardous waste operations performed. Medical surveillance and training are required elements of the written plan.