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Safety Meeting MSDS Sheets EDM Services, Inc, August 31, 2010.

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1 Safety Meeting MSDS Sheets EDM Services, Inc, August 31, 2010

2 The Facts about MSDS Sheets What is a Material Safety Data Sheet? Provides both workers and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance. They include such data as physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures. Who are MSDS’s for? Employees who may be occupationally exposed to a hazard at work. Employers who need to know the proper methods for storage, ect. Emergency responders such as firefighters, hazardous material crews, emergency medical technicians and emergency room personnel. What agencies require MSDS? OSHA - is responsible for ensuring that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are evaluated, and that information concerning their hazards is transmitted to employers and employees EPA – Environmental Protection Agency State and Local Agencies – Requirements vary by State Other Countries – Regulations similar to OSHA’s are found in virtually every country

3 What are the Penalties for Non-Compliance? Every employee must have “ready access” to all MSDS sheets. OSHA fines can be up to $70,000 or more depending severity of violations. MSDS compliance is the most frequently cited violation Maximum fine for a serious violation capable of causing death is $12,000 Maximum penalty for a “willful” or knowing violation is $250,000 New Severe Violator Enforcement Program targets firms who have repeat violations What items do not require MSDS’s? A manufactured item: (1) which is formed to a specific shape or design during manufacture (2) which has end us functions dependent in whole or in part upon it’s shape or design during end use; and (3) which does not release, or otherwise result in exposure to, a hazardous chemical under normal conditions of use Most food and alcoholic beverages Cosmetics Drug and Pharmeceuticals Hazardous Wastes and Remediation Tobacco and tobacco products Wood and Lumber Consumer Products Nuisance Particulates and Dusts Ioninzing and non ionizing raditation Biological Hazards Office and School Supplies

4 Key Components of an MSDS OSHA Requires an MSDS for Every Chemical and Hazardous Substance in the Workplace MSDS Hazard and Protection Information is a Guide to Working Safely with the Chemical Identification Data Tells What You’re Working With Physical and Chemical Changes Can Affect the Type and Degree of Hazard The MSDS Identifies Fire and Explosion Risk Factors and Protections Reactivity Data Tell How the Chemical Reacts with Other Substances Health Hazards Explain the Potential Results of Worker Exposure Control Measures Include Ways to Handle the Substance Safely Use MSDSs to Identify Chemical Hazards and Take Safety Precautions! Always read the MSDS before you work with a chemical, so you will understand the substance’s hazards, circumstances that increase the risk o hazards, and equipment and procedures you can use to prevent accidents and dangerous exposure









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