This program has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Federal OSHA standard 1926.59 and to insure that information necessary for the safe use, handling and storage of hazardous chemicals is provided to and made available to employees.
This program includes guidelines on identification of chemical hazards and the preparation and proper use of container labels, placards and other types of warning devices.
A. CHEMICAL INVENTORY
- Bright Future, LLC maintains an inventory in the main office and on all job site trailers of all known chemicals in use on the work site.
- Hazardous chemicals brought onto the work site by Bright Future, LLC will be included on the hazardous chemical Inventory list.
B. CONTAINER LABELING
- All chemicals on site will be stored in their original or approved containers with a proper label attached, except small quantities for immediate use. Any container not properly labeled should be given to the job foreman for labeling or proper disposal.
- Workers may dispense chemicals from original containers only in small quantities intended for immediate us. Any chemical left after work is completed must be returned to the original container or the job foreman for proper handling.
- Unmarked containers of any size are for immediate use only.
- Bright Future, LLC will rely on manufacturer applied labels whenever possible and will insure that these labels are maintained. Containers that are not labeled or where the manufacturers label has been removed will be relabeled.
- Bright Future, LLC will insure that each container is labeled with the identity of the hazardous chemical contained and may appropriate hazard warnings.
C. MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS)
- Employees working with a hazardous chemical may request a copy of the material safety data sheet (MSDS). Requests for MSDS’s should be made to your department supervisor.
- MSDS’s shall be available along with a standard chemical reference on the site to provide immediate reference to chemical safety information.
D. EMPLOYEE TRAINING
Employees will be trained to work safely with hazardous chemicals. Training will include:
- Physical and health hazards associated with chemicals.
- Protective measures to be taken.
- Safe work practices, emergency responses and use of personal protective equipment.
- Information of the Hazard Communication Standard including:
- Labeling and warning systems
- An explanation of Material Safety Data Sheets
E. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Required PPE is available from your job foreman or the warehouse supervisor. Any employee found in violation of the PPE requirements may be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including discharge.
F. EMERGENCY RESPONSE
- Any incident of overexposure or spill of a hazardous chemical/substance must be reported to Safety Officer at once.
- The foreman or the immediate supervisor will be responsible for insuring that proper emergency response actions are taken in leak I spill situations.
G. HAZARDS OF NON-ROUTINE TASKS
- Supervisors will inform employees of any special tasks that may arise which would involve possible exposure to hazardous chemicals.
- Review of safe work procedures and use of required PPE will be conducted prior to the start of such tasks. Where necessary, areas will be posted to indicate the nature of the hazard involved.
H. INFORMING OTHER EMPLOYEES
- Other on the site employees are required to adhere to the provisions of the Hazard Communication Standard.
- Information on hazardous chemicals known to be present will be exchanged with other employees. Employers will be responsible for providing necessary information to their employees.
Bright Future, LLC has posted information for employees on the Hazard Communication Standard. This information can be found at the warehouse bulletin boards or job site trailers.
HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL LABELING PROCEDURES
If a label has been removed from a container of hazardous Chemicals. the following procedures are to be performed.
- A new label shall be placed on the container
- Generic labels are provided in this safety manual
- Using a felt tip marker, write the following information:
- The contents of the container
- Appropriate hazard warnings
- Name and address of the manufacturer, importer or other responsible party.