Hazard Communication Part 1 – Tool Box Talks
Communication Standard States:
Every company which produces and
uses hazardous materials must provide their employees with information and
training on the proper handling and use of these materials.
You, as an employee, have a Right
to Know about the hazardous materials used in your work area and the potential
effects of these materials upon your health and safety.
Key Elements of the
Osha Hazard Communication Standard
Materials Inventory – A list of the hazardous
materials present in your work area.
Material Safety Data Sheets – A detailed description of each
hazardous material listed in the Materials Inventory.
Labeling – Containers of hazardous
materials must have labels which identify the material and warn of its
potential hazard to employees.
Training – All employees must be trained
to identify and work safely with hazardous materials.
Written Program – A written program must be
developed which ties all of the above together.
Controlling Physical and Health Hazards
Because many chemicals do similar jobs, it
is important to select chemicals that do a good job, while being less toxic.
Well-designed work areas minimize exposure
to materials which are hazardous. Examples of engineering controls would
include exhaust systems and wetting systems to control dust.
Safe work practices will insure that
chemicals are used correctly and safely.
Masks, eye protection, gloves, aprons, and
other protective equipment and clothing are designed to protect you while you
work. USE THEM!
Knowing how to work safely with chemicals
that pose a hazard is an important activity. You have a right to know, but you
also have a responsibility to use the knowledge and skills to work safely.
Industrial hygiene personnel regularly
sample the air and collect other samples to insure that hazardous chemicals do
not exceed established acceptable exposure limits.
Monitor yourself and others. Be on the
lookout for any physical symptoms which would indicate that you or your
coworkers have been overexposed to any hazardous chemical. Symptoms, such as
skin rashes, dizziness, eye or throat irritations or strong odors, should be
reported to your supervisor.
SAFETY REMINDER – YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW, SO IF YOU DON’T KNOW, ASK