Every automotive recycler should have a Safety Program that includes a designated Saftey Supervisor, a Hazard Communication Plan and a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) program. Having this chemical product information readily available develops a safe work environment. It is the #1 OSHA inspection violation. It is an easy safety compliance requirement to meet.
Preparing and Implementing a Hazard Communication Program
All workplaces where employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals must have a written plan which describes how the standard will be implemented in that facility. The plan does not have to be lengthy or complicated. It is intended to be a blueprint for implementation of your program--an assurance that all aspects of the requirements have been addressed. Download a sample plan.
What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with a chemical product. It is an essential starting point for the development of a complete health and safety program.
It also contains information on the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures related to the hazards of the material. The MSDS contains much more information about the material than the label. It is intended to tell what the hazards of the product are, how to use the product safely, what to expect if the recommendations are not followed, what to do if accidents occur, how to recognize symptoms of overexposure, and what to do if such incidents occur.
What is a Compliant MSDS Program?
MSDS must be readily accessible to employees when they are in their work areas during their work shifts. Many employers keep the MSDSs in a RED loose-leaf binder in a central location at the facility.
A compliant MSDS program may include:
1. Designate a Safety Supervisor to be responsible for obtaining and maintaining the MSDSs;
3. Establish a RED 3-ring binder of MSDSs gathered or downloaded based on the inventory.
a. Download an MSDS for ANTIFREEZE. Over 90% of the antifreeze on the market is manufactured by Prestone ChemTrec so having this MSDS in your red binder will meet the product safety information for antifreeze recovered from evacuation.
4. Develop procedures to follow when an MSDS is not received at the time of the first shipment;
5. Make sure employees know where to find the MSDS binder.
6. Keep Employee Safety Training logs in the the MSDS binder for easy access inthe event of an inspection.
7. Consider reducing the number of different brands and/or products on hand in the shop to make MSDSs tracking more manageable.