Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is so important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances (as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly) they have mandated that anyone working with these substances receive comprehensive training in this area.
In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous waste “from cradle to grave”. Since then other regulations have followed, including OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee’s specific level of involvement with hazardous materials.
NSC’s training products on “HAZWOPER: The ANSI Material Safety Data Sheet” educate employees about the ANSI MSDS format and review how the information in an MSDS can help them work safely with potentially hazardous chemicals. Topics covered in these products include:
- Importance of the MSDS.
- The MSDS’s role in the Hazard Communication Standard.
- Advantages of the ANSI format.
- Four basic questions the ANSI MSDS answers: – What is the material and what are its hazards? – What should I do if a problem occurs? – What precautions should I take when working with this material? – Is there anything else I should know about this substance?
- A review of the sections in the ANSI Material Safety Data Sheet.