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1 What Is OSHA? What is the Purpose of OSHA?

2 What is OSHA?  Stands for Occupational and Safety Health Administration How Long has OSHA been around?  It was founded in 1970 as an agency for the United States Department of Labor

3 What is the Purpose of OSHA?  Main mission is to prevent workplace illness, injury, or death.  Sets and regulates health and safety guidelines that all business must follow.  Failure to comply with OSHA standards may result in fines and the possible closure of your business.

4 WHY OSHA?  Before 1970: Job related accidents accounted for more than 14,000 worker deaths. Nearly 2.5 million workers were disabled. 10 times as many “sick days” were lost from job-related disabilities as from strikes. Estimated new cases of occupational diseases totaled 300,000 cases.

5 Is OSHA Working?  Since 1970; The work-fatality rate has been cut to more than half Reduced the overall injury rate in the workplace by 37% Reduced trenching and excavation fatalities and injuries by 35%

6 Who Runs OSHA?  Administered through the Department of Labor (DOL)  The DOL regulates and enforces more than 180 federal laws.  Guidelines and standards are set to protect all employees and their employers under Federal Government authority

7 OSHA Guidelines and Standards  OSHA standards fall into four categories: Agricultural Industrial Maritime “of the sea, or shipping” Construction

8 OSHA and the MSDS Requirements  The requirements for MSDSs are found in paragraph (g) of 29 CFR of the OSHA regulations  OSHA requires that MSDS sheets must be developed for hazardous chemicals used in the workplace  MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheets

9 MSDS Requirements  They are required as a part of any compliance obligation to be available and displayed prominently in the workplace.  They must be written in English and contain: The name of the chemical The chemical and common names of the substance A listing of the ingredients A list of known carcinogens or other known hazards Any specific hazards

10 Contents of the MSDS  There is no specific format for the MSDS but it must contain the required information  Required Information Chemical properties Protective measures Health hazards Flammability data Reactivity with other chemicals Contact information of the manufacturer.

11 How Do You Read an MSDS Sheet? Let’s look an the MSDS for Agarose

12 The RTK Label The Right – To – Know Label is the most popular

13 The NFPA Diamond National Fire Protection Association

14 The HMIS Label  The HMIS label was developed by the National Paint and Coating Association (NPCA)  The Hazardous Materials Identification System

15 HMIS Information  The HMIS Label provides in formation on the type of personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be used when handling the material.  Letters are used to indicate what combination of PPE should be used. Letters: A- K and X

16 Let’s Give it a Try Label the Diamond for Benzene


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