Standard 29 CFR Part 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
Hazard communication: Agenda In today’s session, we will discuss the following: • Our Hazard Communication Program • Hazards of chemicals • Exposure control methods • Labels • Hazardous chemical list • Material safety data sheets • Safe handling of chemicals • Chemicals used within our facility
Hazard communication: What is it? The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard requires ABC Company to establish a hazard communication program to transmit information on the hazards of chemicals to our employees by means of labels on containers, material safety data sheets and training programs. Implementation of these hazard communication programs will ensure all employees have the "right-to-know" the hazards and identities of the chemicals they work with, and will reduce the incidence of chemically-related occupational illnesses and injuries.
Hazard Communication Program • ABC Company maintains a written Hazard Communication Program • You have a right to review the written program, the Hazardous Chemical List and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for our facility • Please talk to the Hazard Communication program coordinator for further information
Material safety data sheets (MSDS) • MSDS are documents that provide information about the chemicals in our facility • Information contained in the MSDS includes: 1. Product name and mfg. 2.Chemical ingredients 3. Hazard information 4. Safe use guidelines 5. Emergency response procedures • MSDS are useful for the following: -Determine safe handling procedures -Emergency response (e.g. send a copy along with an employee going to the doctor after an accident)
Chemical hazards There are two types of chemical hazards: • Health Hazards -Irritant -Sensitizer -Corrosive to tissue -Toxic -Carcinogen -Reproductive hazard Exposure Routes (how chemicals enter the body) -Inhalation -Absorption -Ingestion • Physical Hazards -Fire -Explosive -Corrosive -Hot/Cold -Unstable -Oxidizers
Hazard control methods • Substitute less hazardous chemicals • Implement engineering controls, such as closed processes or ventilation that reduces the exposure • Use administrative controls, such as training employees to properly handle the chemical or using work rules to control exposure time • Require the use of Personal Protective Equipment, such as goggles, rubber gloves, etc.
Container labels • Container labels link back to the MSDS—always check the MSDS for more complete information • Take the time to read and understand labels • All chemical containers must be labeled with the chemical name and the hazard information-including large containers like tanks • You are responsible for: -replacing labels that are damaged or missing -storing containers so that the label is visible
Hazardous chemical list • We maintain a list of all hazardous chemicals used in our facility. This list is useful for the following: -To identify the hazardous chemicals in our facility -To list available MSDS -To assist in finding a specific MSDS • The list is maintained according to our facility filing system and is kept with our MSDS file • You can look at the chemical list and MSDS file anytime while you are at work
Your “right to know” Each employee in our facility will: • Know the location of the Hazardous Chemical List and the MSDS file; • Have the right to review the Hazardous Chemical List and the MSDS file; • Be able to ask their supervisor or the program administrator for additional information; and • Have questions answered regarding safe chemical use so that accidents do not occur.
Guidelines for safe handling • Always read instructions, labels and Material Safety Data Sheets - if you do not understand, ask for clarification • Never mix chemicals unless directed to do so • Wear the required personal protective equipment • Store, handle and dispose of chemicals properly—follow the rules learned during training • Wash your hands after the job is complete • Know the emergency procedures
Chemical review • Chemicals we use in our facility • The hazards of these chemicals • Proper handling procedures: -Methods to identify a spill or release -PPE -Equipment and procedures -Storage and disposal • Our emergency procedures • Questions
On-the-job training • Your supervisor will provide on the job training and demonstration for chemicals in your department including: -PPE -Equipment -Handling procedures -Clean-up -Storage -Emergency review • You will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of proper handling before being assigned to work without direct supervision
Conclusion • Hazard Communication assures our “right to know” what chemicals we use, their hazards and how to safely handle them • You have received training that assures you have the tools to handle chemicals safely • The Hazardous Chemical List and the MSDS file are available to you Avoid the accidents that hurt—handle chemicals safely!
For more information For more information regarding Hazard Communication or other safety issues please contact: Gregory & Appel Insurance Mike Salazar, Vice President Direct: 317-686-6407 Email: email@example.com