8.6 Employee Responsibilities and Rights
A. Title 29 CFR, section 1960.10, requires employees to comply with the DoD standards, rules,
regulations, and orders applicable to their actions and conduct. The Act also requires employees
to use safety equipment, PPE, and other devices and procedures provided or directed by the Act,
DoD, or the commander as necessary for their protection.
B. Under Title 29 CFR, section 1960.10, and Executive Order 12196, employees have the right
to report unsafe and unhealthful working conditions to appropriate officials including the
members of safety and health councils. The purpose of these councils is to foster mutual
cooperation and open channels of communication, to make recommendations to the commander,
and to perform such additional safety and health duties as the commander or council chairperson
may direct. Employees also have the right to information relevant to their duties, including
information on the nature and hazards of substances in workplaces. Executive Order 12196 also
states that employees will not be subject to restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or
reprisal for filing a report on an unsafe or unhealthy working condition, or for other participation
in Occupational Safety and Health Program activities.
SECTION III. WRITTEN HAZARD COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
8.7 Program Requirements
A. Title 29 CFR, section 1910.1200, requires DoD components to establish and maintain a
written Hazard Communication Program. The purpose of this program is to ensure that
employees are apprised of and protected from workplace chemical hazards to help prevent
occupational illnesses and injuries. This program requires that the potential hazards of chemicals
in the workplace be evaluated, that employees be informed of hazards and appropriate protective
measures, and that hazard awareness training be provided and documented.
B. The written Hazard Communication Program will include, as a minimum, procedures for
accomplishing the following:
1. Providing labeling or other forms of warning to employees regarding the hazards of
chemicals in workplaces.
2. Making MSDSs accessible at all times to employees in the workplace.
3. Training employees about the hazards of chemicals present in the workplace.
4. Providing employees with a list of chemicals known to be present in the workplace, using
an identity that is referenced on the appropriate MSDS.
5. Informing employees of the hazards of nonroutine tasks and of the hazards associated with
chemicals contained in unlabeled pipes in their work areas.
6. Informing other than regularly assigned employees of chemical hazards that may be present