Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Surveys and Registers

Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) surveys and registers are essential for any organization that works with, stores, or transports hazardous materials.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your business meets industry standards and complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines.

The HAZMAT survey and register is the foundation of any hazardous material handling program, as it provides a comprehensive overview of the hazardous materials used in your facility and the risk they pose to your team, the environment, and the public.

From identifying any potential safety issues to ensuring proper disposal, it is critical to have an up-to-date HAZMAT survey and register in place. This blog post looks at how to conduct HAZMAT surveys and registers, the legal requirements, and the best practices for ensuring your organization is compliant.

1. Establishing a HAZMAT inventory register

Establishing a HAZMAT inventory register is an essential step in ensuring a safe workplace environment. HAZMAT stands for hazardous materials and refers to any kind of substance that may cause harm to people, animals, or the environment. 

The HAZMAT inventory register should include the names of the hazardous materials, their physical characteristics, the manufacturer information, and the location of the materials. This register should be updated regularly to guarantee the accuracy of information and to ensure the safety of personnel.

2. Mapping the location of hazardous material

The second step in conducting a HAZMAT survey is mapping the location of hazardous materials. This task involves identifying the precise locations of hazardous materials in a facility and creating a detailed map. This map should include the name of the hazardous material, the quantity stored and its location within the facility. This step is important for ensuring that hazardous materials remain safe and secure and that potential safety risks are minimized.

3. Establishing a survey to monitor hazardous material

The third step of establishing a survey to monitor hazardous material is to set up a system to collect data on the hazardous material being handled. This can be done by creating a survey or register to document the type, quantity, and location of the hazardous material. The process should also include a way to track the date and time of each entry, as well as the person responsible for entering the data. The survey or register should be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure accuracy and completeness. It is also important to ensure that the survey or register is properly secured and accessible only to authorized personnel.

4. Assessing the safety risks associated with hazardous material

Hazardous material surveys and registers are essential tools to identify and assess safety risks associated with hazardous materials. Proper assessment requires an understanding of the risks associated with each hazardous material, the potential outcomes of any incidents, the safety measures in place, and the ability to make informed decisions about the storage and handling of the materials.

Hazardous material surveys and registers should be regularly updated to ensure that any potential changes to the risk assessment are acted upon. Appropriate safety measures should be taken to mitigate any risks identified.

5. Developing a plan to manage hazardous material in the workplace.

Developing a plan to manage hazardous materials in the workplace is an important step in protecting employees, visitors, and yourself from potential health and environmental risks. This plan should include a HAZMAT survey to identify and catalog all hazardous materials on-site. It should also include general procedures for working with hazardous materials and the development of a HAZMAT register to store information on all hazardous materials.

The HAZMAT register should include details such as type, quantity, location, and safety instructions for each hazardous material present. Once the HAZMAT survey and register are completed, the plan should include specific safety protocols for managing hazardous materials. These protocols should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure that employees and visitors stay safe.

In conclusion, HAZMAT Surveys & Registers are an important tool in ensuring the safety of workers who handle hazardous materials.


By conducting surveys and keeping registers up-to-date, companies can ensure that their employees are aware of the hazards and know how to safely handle and store hazardous materials.

Having a HAZMAT Survey & Register in place is a crucial part of any company's health and safety program and should not be overlooked.

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