OSHA officials talk compliance assistance
• A plan for adequate water intake is a simple must.
• Management must check on workers and watch how workers are looking and responding to working in heat.
• Everyone at work sites have to know the proper response to an emergency and know that it is ok to contact 911.
Low risk conditions are listed as heat indexes of less than 91 degrees, moderate risk occurs with heat index between 91 degrees and 103 degrees. High risk heat index occurs from 103 degrees to 115 degrees. Working in a heat index greater than 115 degrees is a real worry. And risk aversion plans vary per risk level.
Bothast noted how some training cannot be hands on, but other training must be hands on, such as the annual fire extinguisher training.
Quite close to the situation that occurred in the Texas explosion and concern for hazardous chemical release was information provided about calling for designated emergency responders. Bothast hit on points related to emergency response to hazardous substance releases.
“There are situations for first responders being the contact rather than employee responders,” Bothast noted. Employees have to know an emergency situation that requires no action beyond notifying authorities. First responders need at least eight hours of specific training related to hazardous chemical releases to know how to contain a release from a safe distance and evacuate the area in a defensive manner.
SAFETY DATA SHEETS
As for general safety training, Bothast noted the use of pictograms becoming more important and the need for proper dealing with new safety data sheets that will have to be designed to one specific format. The deadline for manufacturers to have formatted all their safety data sheets is June 2015.
“Safety data is expected to be in this specific order,” he said, in referring to a list from one to sixteen:
2. Hazard(s) identification.
3. Composition/information on ingredients.
4. First-aid measures.
5. Firefighting measures.
6. Accidental release measures.
7. Handling and storage.
8. Exposure controls/personal protective equipment.
9. Physical and chemical properties.
10. Stability and reactivity.
11. Toxicological information.
12. Ecological information.
13. Disposal considerations.
14. Transport information.
15. Regulatory information.
16. Other information.