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10. Information and training

10.1 General principles

10.1.1. Workers should be informed of the hazards associated with chemicals used at their workplace.

10.1.2. Workers should be instructed about how to obtain and use the information provided on labels and chemical safety data sheets.

10.1.3. Workers should be trained in the correct and effective use of the control measures, in particular the engineering control measures and measures for personal protection provided, and should be made aware of their significance.

10.1.4. Employers should use chemical safety data sheets, along with information specific to the workplace, as a basis for the preparation of instructions to workers, which should be in writing if appropriate.

10.1.5. Workers should be trained on a continuing basis in the working systems and practices to be followed and their significance for safety in the use of chemicals at work, and in how to deal with emergencies.

10.2 Review

10.2.1. The extent of the training and instruction received and required should be reviewed and updated simultaneously with the review of the working systems and practices referred to in section 8.2 (review of work systems).

10.2.2. The review should include the examination of:

(a) whether workers understand when protective equipment is required, and its limitations;

(b) whether workers understand the most effective use of the engineering control measures provided;

(c) whether workers are familiar with procedures in the event of an emergency involving a hazardous chemical;

(d) procedures for the exchange of information between shift- workers.

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