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Hazardous Materials: Strategies for Safety PAGE 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

Complying with OSHA's Hazardous Waste Standards

By Jeffery C. Camplin Material Handling   Article Use Policy

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.

posted on 10/1/2008