In the construction industry, one of the top 10 OSHA violations is Hazard Communication.
Failure to recognize hazards, and demonstrate safe practices associated with chemicals can cause serious injuries for yourself, co-workers, and any individual around that area.
Improper practices can lead to chemical burns, respiratory problems, fires and explosions.
To Prevent Incidents:
- Store chemicals safely and securely.
- Maintain a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each chemical in the facility and train employees on how to read and use them.
- Global Harmonization Systems (GHS) internationally categorize chemicals. The GHS includes classification of health, physical and environmental hazards, specifies what information should be on the labels of hazardous chemicals, and safety data sheets. This information is required to readily accessible to employees in languages and/or formats that are clearly understood by all personnel.
- Follow manufacturer’s SDS instructions for handling hazardous chemicals, and keep them updated as new procedures are published.
- Provide spill clean-up kits where chemicals are stored and have written spill control plans.
- Train employees on how to clean up spills, protect themselves and properly dispose of the used materials.
- Provide proper personal protective equipment and enforce its use.
The Hazard Communication program was designed to keep our employee safe and healthy.