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1 Chemical Health and Safety Training and Resources: Information for grantees in the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Program October 2012

2 Overview of Organizations with Chemical Health and Safety Training and Resources

3 Overall message for Chemical Safety Outdoor and Indoor environments are both important. Consider all possible workplace environments. Consider exposure through use of chemicals in products Inform workers of which chemicals are present in products (hazard communication and safety data sheets) Reduce exposures through hierarchy of controls (pollution prevention, isolation of work zone, ventilation, personal protective equipment)

4 Hazard Communication Comparison of Hazard Communication Requirements OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Three major areas of changes Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format. The information required on the safety data sheet (SDS) will remain essentially the same as that in the current standard. The current Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) indicates what information has to be included on an SDS but does not specify a format for presentation or order of information. The revised HCS requires that the information on the SDS is presented using consistent headings in a specified sequence.

5 Format of the 16-section Safety Data Sheet Section 1. Identification Section 2. Hazard(s) identification Section 3. Composition/information on ingredients Section 4. First-Aid measures Section 5. Fire-fighting measures Section 6. Accidental release measures Section 7. Handling and storage Section 8. Exposure controls/personal protection Section 9. Physical and chemical properties Section 10. Stability and reactivity Section 11. Toxicological information Section 12. Ecological information Section 13. Disposal considerations Section 14. Transport information Section 15. Regulatory information Section 16. Other information, including date of preparation or last revision

6 Training examples (see handout) 1.OSHA HazWopper 2.OSHA Safety and Health Training Resources 3.OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses 4.OSHA Occupational Chemical Database 5.NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards 6.International Labour Organization Chemical Safety Training modules 7.HAZ-MAP Database 8.CHEM-HAT Database 9.EPA-OPPT Design for the Environment Best Practice Resources

7 OSHA HAZWOPPER Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPPER): Designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment, OSHA regulations

8 OSHA Safety and Health Training Resources – Introduction to Safety and Health Management Introduction to Safety and Health Management – Respiratory Protection Respiratory Protection – Hazardous Materials Hazardous Materials – OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene – Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry – Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry – OSHA Construction Industry Requirements: Awareness of Major Hazards and Prevention Strategies OSHA Construction Industry Requirements: Awareness of Major Hazards and Prevention Strategies – Susan Harwood Training Grant: Grantee Produced Training Materials

9 OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour classes OSHA Outreach Training Program Provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. The 10-hour class is intended for entry level workers, while the 30-hour class is more appropriate for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation's productivity.

10 OSHA Occupational Chemical Database OSHA maintains this chemical database as a convenient reference for the occupational safety and health community. It compiles information from several government agencies and organizations. Information available in the report includes: Physical Properties, Exposure Guidelines, NIOSH Pocket Guide, and Emergency Response Information, including the DOT Emergency Response Guide

11 NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.

12 Haz-Map Occupational Database linking jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.

13 International Labour Organization Chemical Safety Training modules The training modules introduce safe use of chemicals at workplaces, present classification systems for the labelling and transport of dangerous goods, allow the reading and use of chemical safety cards, give a basic overview of toxicology and disseminate information on selected, widely used, hazardous substances. safework/cis/products/safetytm/index.htm safework/cis/products/safetytm/index.htm

14 BlueGreen Alliance CHEM HAT Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox, is a new internet database – ChemHAT is based on the simple idea that when we know how a chemical can hurt us we can take protective action. – ChemHAT was designed to let us ask and answer a different question. Instead of what engineering controls and personal protective equipment do I need to lower the levels of exposure to a “safe” level, ChemHAT is being designed to answer the question, “Is there a way to get this job done without using dangerous chemicals? – Can we move up the hierarchy of controls to first identify the dangerous chemicals and the move to eliminate their use in favor of safer chemicals or other process changes?

15 ATSDR Resources Toxicological Profiles, Tox Guides, and Public Health Statements Summarizes information on health effects of chemical substances to various populations. p p

16 National Library of Medicine Resources ToxTown-provides information on everyday locations where you might find toxic chemicals, non-technical descriptions of chemicals, links to selected authoritative chemical information on the Internet, how the environment can impact human health. ToxTutor- provides users of NLM databases with a working knowledge of basic toxicology principles. The tutorials are written at the introductory college student level. Tox Net and Beyond-Using Resources available through NLM

17 OPPT Design for the Environment Best Practices Resources Task based approach to identify hazards and prevent exposures for certain sectors and industries. The general approaches described in these documents could be applicable to a wide variety of workers: Prevention and source reduction, work zone isolation and ventilation, hazard communication, personal protective equipment, etc. – Autorefinishing Best Practices- Self Evaluation Checklist Autorefinishing Best Practices- Self Evaluation Checklist – Ventilation Guidance for Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Application Ventilation Guidance for Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Application – Best Practices to Reduce Exposure during SPF Best Practices to Reduce Exposure during SPF – Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers

18 Opportunities Integrate, where appropriate, existing chemical health and safety training materials into grantee curriculum Consider overlap with existing training subject areas, training providers, work environments

19 Contact Information Charles Bevington OCSPP-OPPT-EETD-Exposure Assessment Branch


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