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1 NUECES COUNTY Risk Management Department Right to Know

2 Training Contents Understanding MSDS’s Labeling Physical Hazards Health Hazards Protecting yourself Bloodborne Pathogens

3 What is MSDS? M aterial S afety D ata S heet They provide pertinent information to employees about hazardous materials and chemicals in the workplace.

4 What information does a MSDS show? Manufacturer information Chemical synonyms Physical and/or chemical properties Spill response Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Acute and Chronic effects of exposure

5 RTK law requires that…. MSDS’s be readily available in the work areas where potentially hazardous chemicals are used.

6 Labeling A manufacturer’s label (on a container) is the first place to look for information.

7 Basic Chemical Container Labels Chemical labels are not a substitute for a MSDS. Some chemicals pose little danger, others are deadly. Remember - Hazardous chemicals are everywhere!

8 Basic Labels Toxic Chemicals High Voltage AcidIrritant BioHazard Harmful

9 Chemical container labels information includes… Health hazards Specific chemicals in product How to protect yourself Manufacturer’s name and contact information

10 Color Coded Labels Many chemical manufacturers use color coded labels so that incompatible materials and chemicals with different hazard characteristics can be properly segregated from each other.

11 NFPA Color-Coded Labeling System Developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Higher the number the greater the risk

12 Water, oxidizing Color-code System explained

13 Corrosive = destroys living tissue on contact Toxic = hazardous to your health Flammable = readily catch fire Reactives = react violent with materials in otherwise stable situations Specific Labels

14 Labeling Requirements All hazardous chemicals introduced into the workplace need to be in labeled containers that meet the requirements of OSHA Two types of containers and labels:  Primary label  Secondary label

15 Primary Container and Label Prepared by the manufacturer of the chemical Affixed to all containers before shipped to buyers Label must include:  Identity of chemical  Appropriate hazard warnings  Name & address of the manufacturer, distributor, or responsible party

16 Secondary Container & Label May only be used in that facility Labels include:  Identity of chemical  Appropriate hazard warning This should be labeled.

17 Hazard Warnings Acute Hazards (Immediate) Flammability Reactivity  Oxidizer  Explosive Corrosive Chronic Hazards (Long-Term ) Cancer Birth defects Targets organs Body systems affected

18 Physical vs. Health Hazards Physical Hazards are Flammable Oxidizers Explosive Compressed gas Health Hazards are Health issues Corrosive Poison Biological Radioactive

19 Hazard Potential 2 things to consider: Dose is the amount of exposure. Toxicity is the degree to which a chemical is harmful.


21 Potential Routes of Entry 1. Absorption (touching) 2. Ingestion (eating or dirty hands) 3. Inhalation (breathing) 4. Injection (Poke or stick)

22 Types of Health Hazard Effects ACUTE EFFECTS Quick onset Health effects that occur after a single exposure Usually reversible CHRONIC EFFECTS Takes a long time to start Health problems occur after repeated or long exposure Usually can not be reversed

23 Protection Methods Product substitution  Use a less or non-hazardous material Safe Work Practices  Proper chemical storage  Refer to MSDS’s  Work in pairs Engineering Controls  Chemical fume hoods or enclosures Personal Protective Equipment  Respirators, aprons, safety glasses

24 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Eye and face protection Respiratory protection Body protection Hand protections

25 Employer Requirements Have MSDS’s available Train employees annually Have a poster of who to contact for information

26 Employees Rights You have the right to know what chemicals/materials are being used in your school building. You have the right to refuse to work with a product if your employer cannot provide information about its safety. You have the right to requests a copy of a MSDS for a chemical/material.

27 Questions Contact the Risk Manager or Emergency Risk Management Specialist: 361-888-0401 Office 361-888-0403 FAX

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