Safety Facility Equipment Identification Catalog Page 12 Key Business Issues

12 Key Business Issues Hazard Communication OSHA Focus - HazCom is the most frequently cited violation for general industry, following Lockout Tagout Best Practice - Recognized across many industries and markets Saves Lives - The newly updated Hazard Communication Standard will prevent 500 injuries/ illnesses and 43 fatalities annually. Cost Reductions & Productivity Improvements - Future net benefits are estimated by OSHA to be $556 million dollars per year. Hazard Communication: More than 40 million workers in the US may routinely come into contact with hazardous chemicals while performing their jobs. In many cases, the chemicals are no more dangerous than those at home. But in the workplace, exposure is likely to be greater, concentrations higher, and exposure time longer. Reactions to chemical exposures range from slight skin, eye, or respiratory irritation to life-threatening cancers, blood diseases, and debilitating lung damage. OSHA developed the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to protect workers from these dangerous exposures. The standard is based on a simple concept - employees have both a need and a right to know about the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to, and what they can do to protect themselves. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication 1910.1200(b)(1) This section requires chemical manufacturers or importers to assess the hazards of chemicals which they produce or import, and all employers to provide information to their employees about the hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed, by means of a hazard communication program, labels and other forms of warning, material safety data sheets, and information and training. In addition, this section requires distributors to transmit the required information to employers. Hazard Communication Program in 5 Steps: 1. Develop a comprehensive written Hazard Communication plan. This written plan outlines all of the sections of your organization's hazard communication program. 2. Inventory all chemicals. Develop a process to identify and log all hazardous chemicals in a central site, including record keeping and updates. 3. Establish & maintain a comprehensive Safety Data Sheet (SDS) program. All SDS's (previously known as Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDS's) need to be collected and readily accessible to employees at all times on site. 4. Label all containers, pipes and tanks. Primary containers, secondary containers and pipe and storage pipes containing hazardous chemicals must be labeled according to the applicable hazard communication regulations and company-established programs. 5. Train and communicate with your workforce. All potentially affected employees must be fully trained according to the pertinent regulations and your hazard communication program. Download the 5 Steps to Hazard Communication Compliance Whitepaper at OSHA Regulation Summary:

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