A number of countries and jurisdictions have established specific regulatory requirements for hazard communication relating to the use, handling, and presence of chemicals in the workplace. Such information must be relayed to workers and sometimes to a variety of “end-users” of the chemical, as well as any other parties that may be affected by exposure to the chemical.
Generally speaking, three components comprise a hazard communication program: labeling, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and worker training. The producer/supplier is responsible for preparing labels and MSDSs and seeing that these are delivered to its customer. Worker training is the responsibility of all employers, regardless of industry sector. As important differences may exist between jurisdictions, employers should contact their relevant authorities for further detailed information on such programs and any specific requirements pertaining to nickel.