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1 Hazard Communication 2008 Paula Vanderpool Program Assistant (509)667-7110 Suzanne Reister Program Manager (509)667-7100

2 Introduction There are approximately 650,000 existing chemical products and hundreds of new ones being introduced annually Chemical exposure may cause or contribute to many serious health effects Chemicals may also be safety hazards and have the potential to cause fires and explosions and other serious accidents

3 Where are chemicals found in your schools? Maintenance- lubricants, oils, paints Custodial- cleaning chemicals Office areas-inks, glues, toners Science classrooms- lab chemicals Vocational Education-paints, varnishes Bus garage-oils, solvents Fine arts classrooms-photo, paints, acid for glass etching Grounds/Landscaping-fertilizers, pesticides Teacher’s desks and under the sinks

4 Hazard Communication DOSH Standard Name: Employer Chemical Hazard Communication Reference: WAC 296-800-170

5 Purpose Employees have both a need and a right to know the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to when working Most chemicals we work with are covered by the rule

6 Employer Responsibilities Develop, implement, maintain, and make available a written Chemical Hazard Communication program Identify and list all the hazardous chemicals present in the workplace Obtain and maintain a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical Make sure MSDSs are readily accessible to employees

7 Employer Responsibilities Label containers holding hazardous chemicals Inform employees about this rule and the written program Train employees about hazardous chemicals in the workplace

8 Written Program Requirements All workplaces where employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals must have a written plan The plan does not have to be lengthy or complicated

9 Written Program Requirements Employers must develop a written program that covers: –Procedures for making sure all containers are properly labeled –How to obtain and maintain Material Safety Data Sheets –Employee Information and Training

10 Written Program Requirements Employers must develop a written program that covers at least: –A list of the hazardous chemicals present in the workplace –The methods the employer will use to inform employees of the hazards non- routine tasks –The hazards of chemicals in unlabeled pipes –Sharing information with other employers

11 Written Program Availability The employer must make the written program available to their employees Where work is carried out at more than one location, the program may be kept at the main location

12 Multi-Employer Workplaces If employees of other employers could be exposed to hazardous chemicals the program must include: –Methods to provide contractor employees with on-site access to MSDS for each chemical those workers may be exposed to –The methods used to inform other employers of any precautionary measures to be taken for normal and emergency situations –The employers chemical labeling system

13 Chemical Inventory Identify all hazardous chemicals in the workplace Create a list of theses chemicals (using common or chemical names) List can be for workplace as a whole or individual work areas List must be kept current

14 Material Safety Data Sheets Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are one of the most important tools available to employers for providing information, and protection to workers from hazardous chemicals which are used in the workplace. Must be in English Must be readily accessible to employees (electronic such as computer or fax; paper )

15 Material Safety Data Sheets Obtain MSDS for each hazardous chemical used. If none, call the manufacturer or check their website Ask for one from your salesperson, wholesaler, or retailer Should not allow employees to use any chemicals for which you have no MSDS Establish purchasing procedures so that MSDSs are being received before a material is used in workplace

16 Material Safety Data Sheets Prepared by the manufacturer and describe: Identity of the chemical Physical and chemical characteristics Physical hazards such as fire and explosion Health hazards Routes of exposure Exposure limits Control measures Emergency and first-aid procedures

17 MSDS Example Heavy Duty Silicone Spray Lubricant Look for: Emergency phone number Date of MSDS Ingredients Health Hazards/Routes of Entry Physical Hazards First Aid and Emergency Procedures Handling and Storage How to protect yourself from overexposure

18 How must chemicals be labeled? Each container of hazardous chemicals entering the workplace must be labeled or marked with the following: –Appropriate hazard warnings –Identity of the hazardous chemical Labels must be legible, in English, and prominently displayed




22 Labels The employer need not affix new labels to comply with the standard if existing labels already convey the required information

23 What is on the product label? The manufacturer The name of the product a hazard warning a list of hazardous ingredients

24 Inform Employees The Hazard Communication Standard requirements Operations in their work areas that involve hazardous chemicals Location and availability of the written Hazard Communication Program including the list(s) of hazardous chemicals and the required MSDSs Basics for all employees as part of the new employee safety orientation

25 Train Employees Employers must provide employees information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area: –At the time of their initial assignment –Whenever a new physical or health hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their work area

26 Train Employees Explanation of the HazCom program, including information on labels, MSDSs, and how to obtain and use available hazard information The physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area The likely physical symptoms of overexposure Protective measures such as engineering controls, work practices, and the use of PPE Emergency procedures How to detect the presence or release of hazardous chemicals

27 Documentation The rule does not require employers to maintain records of employee training, but is a very good idea Written plan reviewed and updated as necessary

28 Your district’s written plan Who is responsible for? –Labeling –MSDS maintenance –Chemical inventory list Where is your written program located? Where and how can employees get a MSDS? Is your current chemical inventory included? Procedures for non-routine tasks Your plan for training your employees Your plan for informing contractor’s

29 Summary Inventory and list all hazardous chemical products Obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet for each hazardous chemical product Label hazardous chemical containers Inform and train employees Develop and make available a written Hazard Communication Program

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