Our company has developed a Hazard Communication Program to ensure that the employees are informed about the hazardous materials present in our workplace. The information in our Hazard Communication Program includes: container labeling, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and employee training.
It is our policy that before use, each container of hazardous materials must possess a label with the following information:
- Name of the contents
- Appropriate hazard warnings
- Name and address of the manufacturer
It is our policy to label all secondary containers in the same manner. The Facility Manager will ensure that each container has a label with the appropriate information.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s)
Material Safety Data Sheets for each hazardous material to which our employees may be exposed are filed in an MSDS binder located in the office. The Facility Manager will review newly arriving data sheets for significant health and safety information and see that new information is passed on to the appropriate employees. The responsible individuals will also check each new MSDS for completeness. If an MSDS is missing or incomplete a new MSDS will be requested from the manufacturer. OSHA will be notified if a complete MSDS is not received.
The Material Safety Data Sheets are available to all employees during regular business hours. If an MSDS is not available for a particular material, contact your supervisor.
Employee Information and Training
Employees will be given information about the hazards of any hazardous materials present in the workplace and be provided with training on how to protect themselves from these hazardous materials.
Collectively the training content will address the following areas:
- “The Employee's Right to Know” Law
- Product Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets
- Handling Hazardous Materials Using Protective Equipment
- Storage and Mixing of Hazardous Materials
- Cleanup of Spills and Disposal
- Exposure and First Aid Procedures
Hazardous Materials Inventory
A Hazardous Materials Inventory listing all known hazardous materials used in our workplace is maintained with the collection of MSDS’s. Specific information for each hazardous material can be found on the Material Safety Data Sheets.
The company is responsible for updating the Hazardous Materials Inventory and making our employees aware of the new materials we will be using in our workplace.
The Facility Manager will ensure that outside contractors are informed about the hazardous materials they may be exposed to and how to protect themselves from these materials while working in our workplace.
Review of the Hazard Communication Program
- All Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available for your review. The information is kept in the office.
- You must be informed of the hazardous properties of all the chemicals you work with.
- Read the label on the containers and follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter.
- Know what the first aid treatment is and be prepared to carry it out immediately if need be.
- Store chemicals in a safe manner and in accordance with the manufacture's recommendations.
- Keep containers closed when not in use.
- Inspect containers and pipelines of corrosive materials at regular intervals. Report leaks immediately to your supervisor.
- If using corrosive materials, know where the closest shower and eyewash are location. Keep the emergency facilities unobstructed and in a working condition at all times.
- Use goggles, gloves, masks, and other protective equipment as required.
- Do not smoke, eat, or drink in areas where chemicals are used.
Use appropriate disposal methods for chemicals.