Hazardous Materials <ul><li>There are 4 main requirements in the OSHA regulations: </li></ul><ul><li>Containers labeled as hazardous </li></ul><ul><li>Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) </li></ul><ul><li>Written Hazard Plan (found in the department Environment of Care Manual) </li></ul><ul><li>Employee education </li></ul>Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Material- substance which may be a biological, chemical or radioactive risk to person/property, or may pose a risk of fire or explosion.
Container Labeling Recognize these pictures and words and know what they mean. Flammable Radioactive Biohazard Poisonous Corrosive
Other Things You Need to Know <ul><li>If you are using a product for the first time, read the warning label carefully. If the label is missing, tell your supervisor. </li></ul><ul><li>Know what chemicals are in your work area and what precautions and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is needed when handling them (i.e., gloves, gowns, mask, goggles). </li></ul><ul><li>If you manage or have contact with hazardous materials, drugs or waste, you must be trained in selecting, handling, storing, using, and disposing of these hazardous materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) should be readily available for each hazardous chemical used by your department. </li></ul><ul><li>The MSDS for chemicals used in the Hospital are on line. Go to the home page on the intranet and click the MSDS tab on the left. </li></ul><ul><li>There is also a “back up” copy of each MSDS available through Materials Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to read the MSDS. </li></ul>
So...what is an MSDS and what does it tell me? <ul><li>Material Safety Data Sheet has vital information on the chemical/substance and its hazards. It contains the following information for your safety: </li></ul><ul><li>The name of the manufacturer, the chemical’s name, and the emergency contact number in case of a spill or splash. </li></ul><ul><li>The ingredients/formula and what the chemical looks like or how it is packaged. </li></ul><ul><li>The chemical’s greatest hazard: fire, explosion, reaction with other substances, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Health hazard information and special equipment or precautions to be taken. </li></ul><ul><li>How to handle spills and how to dispose of the chemical/agent. </li></ul>Do you know the procedure to follow in case of a spill of an unknown substance or a known hazardous material?
Hazardous Substance Response <ul><li>If you discover a spill that you believe to be hazardous or questionable, dial “3333.” </li></ul><ul><li>If the Spill Team determines that the spill can be handled internally, the clean up of the spill will be completed by them in accordance with the appropriate MSDS. </li></ul><ul><li>If the Spill Team determines there is an immediate threat to personnel, they will direct evacuation of all personnel. </li></ul>
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