Hazard Communication (Hazcom)

The University of Texas at Austin Hazard Communication Program applies to all UT Austin employees and contractors (who do not have a similar program) working under the supervision of any UT Austin department. The purpose of a Hazard Communication Program is to inform employees of the hazards associated with chemicals and to ensure the safe use, handling, and disposal of hazardous chemicals. The key elements include:

  • Departmental responsibilities
  • Employee training requirements
  • Hazard identification
  • Labels
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

This program does not apply to contractors utilizing chemicals on UT Austin property. The contractor’s employees should be following the contractor’s own Hazard Communication Program. As stated above, the UT Austin Hazard Communication Program only applies to contractors who do not have a similar program in place.


Texas Hazard Communication Act requires training for all UT Austin employees who use or may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

For more information visit the Hazcom Training page.

Guidelines and Related Documents

The following has been developed to communicate hazard and safety information regarding hazardous substances to employees and to comply with the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA).