Portable Containers In HazCom 2012


Portable containers for hazardous chemicals in the workplace can have NO labeling in only two situations, according to OSHA’s HazCom 2012 standard. In less than three minutes, Dan Clark explains how a worker may transfer a hazardous chemical from an HCS 2012-labeled container to a container with no warning labels whatsoever. Seems odd, doesn’t it? The current Hazard Communication Standard allows an employee to use a hazardous chemical in an unmarked container if (1) they …

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5 Safety Goals For The New Year


Safety goals in the workplace can be implemented or refined at year’s end to ensure a safe start to the new year. Hear about five targets of safety growth. Dan Clark says reviewing the current year and looking ahead to expected regulations are a couple ways to reach your safety goals. Communication, eliminating distractions and practicing for emergencies also increase the safety odds at work. Finally, Dan reminds safety managers and owners to have reasonable, …

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5 Safety Data Sheet Questions For OSHA


Safety data sheet compliance is hard when suppliers don’t update. Hear OSHA experts answer five important questions on SDSs required in Hazard Communication. The SCHC OSHA Alliance hosted OSHA’s Lana Nieves and Sven Rundman of The Directorate of Enforcement Programs in a webcast to explain what importers and manufacturers need to do in developing a compliant safety data sheet. In this podcast, we focus on safety data sheets discussed in that webcast. SCHC is The …

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7 HazCom Label Questions For OSHA


Hazcom label rules are confusing. Get chemical labeling answers direct from OSHA on their Hazard Communication Standard, HCS, implemented June 1st. Hear important information about pictograms, labeling bulk shipping containers, refillable containers, secondary containers and more. In this podcast, we bring you highlights about HazCom labeling from a webcast presented by the SCHC OSHA Alliance featuring OSHA’s Lana Nieves and Sven Rundman of The Directorate of Enforcement Programs. SCHC is The Society for Chemical Hazard …

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Car Wash Chemical Can Kill


A car wash chemical can burn skin and even be fatal. A new hazard alert warns of handling hydrofluoric acid used to wash cars and trucks in your fleet. Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industries issued a warning in August about potential burns, nerve damage and paralysis caused by HF acid. The CDC, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports Washington’s findings. In this podcast, Dan Clark describes the care needed when …

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Safety Data Sheets


Safety Data Sheets must be kept current. Every company with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals is required to keep an SDS on each chemical, says OSHA. OSHA’s new Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to follow new guidelines modeled after GHS, the Globally Harmonized System. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of OSHA’s ongoing standard changeover, and the recent June 1st, 2015 deadline requirements. Safety Data Sheets must be easily accessible for all workers using hazardous …

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4 Steps to Flammable Liquids Safety


Flammable liquids safety can change quickly when workplace temperatures rise. Listen for four ways to avoid flashpoint fires and explosions. Find out the difference between flammable and inflammable. Hear about volatile liquid chemicals, and how their vapors can ignite at a certain flashpoint. In this podcast, Dan Clark warns of four major areas of caution: Storage, labeling, fire suppression, and ignition sources. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: When workplace temperatures are …

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Chemicals And Hearing Loss


Chemicals that cause hearing loss are called OTOTOXIC substances. Hear how to protect workers from these common industrial chemicals. Loud sounds in the work environment aren’t the only culprit in hearing damage. In this podcast, Dan Clark tackles ototoxic substances, which can march to your inner ear and give it a smack-down. Hear Dan describe the chemicals and metals, and how workers can stay safe around them. Find a link to The National Institute of …

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OSHA Finally Embraces GHS


The deadline for OSHA’s new HazCom labeling standards, based on GHS, is June 1st, 2015. Are you compliant? OSHA has new requirements for labeling chemicals. In this podcast, HazCom industry expert Chuck Paulausky details these new standards, based on the Globally Harmonized System, GHS. Most manufacturers already comply with the new labeling standards, so buyers of chemicals—and their employees—are already seeing these new labels. Make sure everyone involved is trained to read them. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) …

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Cleaning Chemicals And Safety


Cleaning chemicals can be as dangerous as other workplace chemicals. Be aware of potential health hazards, even with “green” products with less odor. In this podcast, we talk about less toxic fumes of green chemicals used for cleaning, and their harsh predecessors. Also, we discuss how both categories can still be dangerous to the skin. There are three types: cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants. Each is stronger than the previous. Avoid strong ones for good industrial …

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