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By Jeffery C. Camplin
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide a workplace as free as possible of recognized hazards, including chemical hazards. OSHA regulates many hazardous materials found in facilities.
The most comprehensive regulation is the hazard communication standard, more commonly referred to as the right-to-know standard. Under the OSHA General Industry Standard 1910.1200, employers must communicate the hazards of chemicals used in workplaces through training, labeling and signage.
Managers have a duty to identify hazardous materials in their facilities and maintain information on the type of hazards these materials present. Manufacturers or suppliers of chemicals must provide managers with information on chemical hazards their products present by generating material safety data sheets (MSDS) for all hazardous products. Managers often find MSDS review and management is much easier to implement with commercially available, computerized MSDS software.
Identifying Common Hazardous Wastes
Complying with OSHA's Hazardous Waste Standards
Signage and Labeling Hazardous Materials
Hazardous Materials: Proper Storage Strategies
Managing Compressed-Gas Cylinders
Necessary Supplies for Hazmat Emergencies
Hazardous Materials: Focus on Flammables