Tioga is excited to celebrate the inaugural Safe + Sound Week! Designated by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Federal OSHA and other organizations, Safe + Sound Week is celebrated from June 12 to 18 this year. This event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety and health programs. Tioga loves opportunities like this that promote safety topics, and we love to get involved in projects that improve the health of workers.
Hazard Communication, for example, is a really important topic and one that can be difficult to wrap your head around if you run a manufacturing or industrial facility that uses all kinds of chemicals and products. The OSHA Hazard Communication regulation states that workers have a right to know about the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to in the workplace. This program is an opportunity for employers and employees to work together to ensure a safer workplace by providing employees with knowledge about their work environment and ways they can protect themselves.
Below are three steps we recommend when developing a Hazard Communication Program for a facility:
1. Identify the chemicals in the workplace.
In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, you must first take time to take inventory of the chemicals in your facility. Building a comprehensive list will prepare you when determining potential hazards. This is sometimes the most daunting component of developing your program
2. Ensure that you have current Safety Data Sheets.
SDS provides comprehensive information about a substance or mixture for use in workplace chemical management. It’s important to know all of these potentially hazardous chemicals.
3. Implement the program.
A compliance HazCom Program should not only include the hazardous chemical list and SDS. You will need to assign important responsibilities, ensure containers are clearly labeled, make SDS available to workers and conduct training. Workers need to understand the hazards of their workplace, know how to read and understand safety data sheets and labels, and understand how to protect themselves.
HazCom can be a complicated and daunting endeavor, but it is well worth the effort. If you need assistance, please give Tioga a call at 901-791-2432.