Since 2013, companies have had to make changes to their hazard communication program and training. June 1, 2016 marks the final phase in OSHA’s HazCom/GHS revisions. Employers are required to update all chemical labeling, provide access to updated safety data sheets, revise their hazard communication program to reflect the new changes, and ensure all employees are trained to recognize the new labeling requirements, pictograms, safety data sheet format, physical and health hazards, and how to properly handle the chemicals they work with. Additionally, all chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors are to follow the new Globally Harmonized System which includes criteria for hazard classification and evaluation, labeling requirements and safety data sheet formatting.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Is your hazard communication program updated?
- Do all of your safety data sheets follow the new 16 section format?
- Are all of your employees trained in the new safety data sheet format, labeling requirements, and pictograms?
- Are your employees aware of the physical and health hazards related to the chemicals they work with?
If you answered “no”, “maybe” or “I don’t know” to any of the above questions, keep reading. OSHA’s Hazard Communication/Globally Harmonized System implementation is in full effect.
The revised standard is aligned with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3. The goal of the HazCom/GHS standard is to provide employers and workers with sufficient information to recognize, anticipate, evaluate and control chemical hazards related to chemical injuries and illnesses. Employers and workers will also be able to take proactive measures to ensure workplace chemical safety.
As a reminder, the major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard include:
- Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import. The revised standard addresses health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
- Safety Data Sheets: There are 16 sections included in a certain format to provide consistency in the way information is presented. The more pertinent information is listed first.
- Information and training: Employees are required to be trained in the new safety data sheet format, labeling requirements and health/physical hazards of the chemicals they work with.
OSHA will not be lenient when it comes to hazard communication violations, especially since companies have had almost three years to comply. SRP Safety Consultants have vast experience in developing hazard communication programs specific to companies, training employees on the revised standard, and verifying chemical labeling and inventory compliance. We provide a turnkey approach to ensure environmental and safety compliance. Have questions? Call SRP today at (318) 222-2364.
Summer is here and heat stress/illness is a major concern. Construction workers, farmers, landscapers, oil and gas workers and transportation workers are more susceptible to heat illness. Additionally, indoor workers in manufacturing facilities may also be prone to heat illness as the weather warms up. Regulators are warning employers of the risks of working in high-heat conditions. In fact, employers in California are expected to see stricter enforcement of Cal/OSHA heat illness standards. But that doesn’t mean that the rest of the states should dismiss heat illness prevention.
According to OSHA, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job in 2014.
How can you beat the heat? Follow these 6 steps:
- Drink water every 15 minutes. It is recommended to drink a quart of water per hour spent outside.
- Take a break in the shade to cool off. Tents or covered areas should be available to workers, especially as temperatures reach 80 degrees.
- Wear appropriate clothing. A hat and light-colored clothing works best when working outside. Dark-colored clothing will absorb sunlight which keeps the person warmer.
- Train workers to recognize the signs of heat illness and what to do. Heat exhaustion symptoms include dizziness, headache, weakness, cramps, nausea, and fast heart beat. Heat illness symptoms include red, hot dry skin, confusion, fainting, convulsions and high internal temperature.
- Be aware of co-workers. Workers should keep a watch on each other, especially new workers assigned to outside activities.
- Allow workers to adapt to their work environment. Offer lighter work, frequent breaks and shorter shifts. Then slowly increase their work tasks and shift hours.
SRP Safety Trainers recommend that employers revise their Heat Illness Prevention Plan on annual basis and require that employees go through annual refresher training late spring or early summer. Site supervisors and managers should remind employees about the risks of heat illness at toolbox meetings or at the beginning of each shift.
Heat illness is preventable. Call SRP at (318) 222-2364 with any questions or concerns. Our safety trainers are ready to assist you and your employees.
SRP Environmental is featured in the February 2016 issue of E&P Magazine. E&P Magazine is a publication centered around exploration, drilling and production operations managers, onshore and offshore operations around the world.
SRP Environmental provides environmental, health and safety services for oil and gas, manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare and insurance and loss industries. E&P Magazine featured SRP Environmental for their safety training in the oil and gas industry, specifically in regards to wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Read the excerpt below.
Training employees on how to use, wear safety products
SRP Environmental safety consultants provide active training so employees will be able to properly utilize the safety skills learned in a real-world setting while meeting Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety training mandates. The company offers HSE training to educate both employers and employees. The certified safety training instructors use a combination of audiovisual presentations and equipment to produce real-life on-the-job scenarios and hands-on real-life situations to provide each individual with a better understanding of safety on and off the job. srpenvironmental.com
Excerpt from “A Safe License To Operate”, E&P Magazine
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OSHA updated the confined spaces standard to cover construction workers who may work on sites that have confined spaces like sewers, pits, tanks, attics, crawl spaces and more. The new standard, Subpart AA of 29 CFR 1926, was issued in May of 2015 and is effective as of August 2015.
So what is a confined space? It’s a space that is large enough for entry, doesn’t regularly have occupants and challenging to exit. A permit-required confined space contains a hazardous atmosphere, engulfment hazards, entrapment hazards that could lead to asphyxiation of the entrants, or any other serious safety and health hazard. Permits list entry conditions, equipment that must be used, atmospheric data results, rescue and emergency services, and tracks who enters the space.
Key changes to the existing standard include:
- Continuous monitoring of atmospheric hazards,
- Continuous monitoring of engulfment hazards,
- Better information exchange when multiple employers are on site to ensure coordination of activities outside the space to reduce potential hazards inside the space,
- Designating a competent person to conduct worksite evaluations
- Suspending a permit instead of cancelling it, and
- Addressing alternate procedures for permit space entry.
Additional things to consider are:
- Do you have adequate signage? Post signage noting that the confined space is “enter by permit only”.
- Are you employees trained? Ensure proper training for employees that are affected by confined spaces, including attendants, entrants, supervisors and rescue teams. Confined Space programs should be part of your company health and safety manual.
- What roles are employees assigned? Assign the attendant role to a person who will monitor authorized entrants who enter and exit the permit required confined space. Designate who will be authorized entrants, entry supervisor or person to monitor the atmosphere in a permit-space.
- Do you have a trained confined space rescue team on stand-by? Implement procedures that address summoning rescue and emergency services, rescuing entrants from permit spaces and providing necessary emergency services to rescued employees.
- How are you ensuring the safety of employees in confined spaces? Use proper controls and protective equipment, including respirators, PPE and fall protection.
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OSHA requires you to complete OSHA’s injury and illness record keeping forms, if you have 10 or more employees. Also, OSHA requires that the OSHA 300A form be posted from February 1 to April 30. The form must be posted in a public work area, like a break room, near the time clock or near the employee lockers. If you do not comply, you may be subject to a citation and a fine.
Attending this webinar will help you understand OSHA’s posting requirements and how to utilize Incident Track to complete and post OSHA 300 logs. This overview will be delivered by our certified safety and health experts.
Not sure what Incident Track is? Through our Risk Management Center platform, employers have access to safety training documents and implement a proactive approach to risk management. Incident Track helps you keep all documentation for incidents and OSHA logs in one place. Plus, keep track of Certificate of Insurance, update employee training records, maintain safety data sheets, OSHA forms, incident forms and implement behavior-based safety.
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The beginning of the year is a great time to review and update your safety programs. Learn how the Risk Management Center can be used to improve your organization’s policies, procedures, and training, and easily develop an updated risk management and safety program. The webinar will cover the following applications in detail:
- The Risk Management Library: a database of customizable resources
- My Content: an application that allows you to customize Library documents and add your own company-specific materials
- Training Track™: an application to manage all aspects of employee training
This webinar will be delivered by a certified safety and health expert. Ensure your organization’s risk management programs are up-to-date for 2016.
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