Briggs Equipment: MSDS / Hazard Communication


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Briggs Equipment: MSDS / Hazard Communication

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  2. 2. MSDS / Hazard Communication<br />2<br />Over 30 million American workers are ex-posed to 650,000 chemical products found in more than 3 million establishments.<br />Exposure to harmful substances in 2009 accounted for 9.4% or 547 US work-related deaths and 56,510 work related accidents or injuries.<br />MSDS violations make their way onto OSHA’s most frequent violations list nearly every year, with hundreds of companies cited for failing to make MSDSs readily available or failing to train their workers to interpret the safety and health information.<br />Every 7 minutes a child under the age of 5 ends up in the emergency room because of unintentional poisons in the home.<br />
  3. 3. Hazard Communication—Your Right to Know<br />You may work with chemicals and other hazardous materials that can cause serious health problems or lead to fire or explosion. You have a right to know about the chemicals and hazardous materials you could be exposed to, work with or handle.<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Knowing is half the battle: Safety Tips <br />To ensure that you have the information you need to work safely, we have a Hazard Communication program:<br />Know the materials you are working with…if you are not sure about what you could be exposed to ask your manager.<br />Know where the MSDSs are located... they contain information about a specific product and are available for all chemicals and hazardous products we use.<br />Label all containers...never use materials from containers that are not labeled.<br />Notify your manager in the event of a spill or leak... do not attempt to clean up a spill or leak unless you have been trained to handle hazardous material spills.<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Knowing is half the battle: Safety tips cont.<br /><ul><li>Use the proper personal protective equipment, such as gloves and eye protection, when handling hazardous materials... this information can be found in the MSDS.
  6. 6. Check the first-aid section of the MSDS for more info about what to do if you get chemicals on your skin or in your eyes... always rinse the exposed skin and/or flush your eyes with clean water for at least 15-30 minutes and seek medical attention.</li></ul>5<br />
  7. 7. Decoding the MSDS<br />Anything and everything you need to know about a chemical is found on that chemical’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This detailed information is prepared by chemical manufacturers or importers to educate you about the characteristics, risks and handling procedures. We should have a MSDS for every hazardous chemical or substance that you use or encounter as part of your job.<br />6<br />
  8. 8. Decoding the MSDS cont. <br />It consists of 8 sections: identification and manufacturer’s information, hazardous ingredients, physical-chemical data, reactivity data, health hazard data, fire-explosion hazard data, safe handling and use procedures, and control measures.<br />Electronic access: OSHA accepts electronic access and other alternatives to maintaining paper copies as long as no barriers to immediate employee access in each workplace are created by such options.<br />The bottom line: although an MSDS can look complicated, you should concentrate on MSDS information that is applicable to your situation—hazards, handling and storage information.<br />7<br />
  9. 9. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly<br />The Good<br />Labels or other forms of warning shall be legible and prominently displayed on every container.<br />The Bad<br />Personnel need to know the contents of all containers and the containers need to be stored in the designated areas.<br />8<br />
  10. 10. By the book<br />The following regulations, standards and policies refer to MSDS and Hazard Communication:<br />OSHA General Industry Regulations 29 CFR 1910 <br />1910.1200, Hazard Communication; ensure that the hazards of all chemicals are evaluated, containers are labeled to include forms of warning, MSDSs are available, and employee training. <br />9<br />
  11. 11. Work-related stress<br />Trying to balance work and home responsibilities is a major cause of stress for most working families, causing upwards of 60% of workplace accidents.<br />The biggest causes of stress at work include: lack of job security, poor diet, lack of sleep, being successful, and feeling no control.<br />To help restore your balance: set realistic goals, don’t work harder but work smarter, prioritize, build a lot of flexibility in to your schedule, and ask for help if you are overwhelmed at work.<br />10<br />
  12. 12. Work-related stress cont. <br />Providing work/life balance makes good business sense, since it helps create a safer, more productive workforce. Counseling services are available through mostEmployee Assistance Program (EAP) plans<br />11<br />
  13. 13. NFPA diamond<br />Recognize the NFPA diamond with its hazardous materials classification and ratings from 0-4 (4 is most hazardous).<br />12<br />
  14. 14. What does BE-Safe mean?<br />Safety<br />Always<br />From<br />Everyone<br />13<br />
  15. 15. BE-Safe… Briggs Equipment Safe<br />BE-Safe prevents the most frequent incidents for our company and our industry:<br />Strain injuries to the back from lifting, twisting, pulling and pushing<br />Auto incidents from rear-end collisions, following too closely, speeding, failing to stop at intersections, weather conditions, driving distractions such as texting or talking on a cell phone, vehicles not maintained properly and DOT citations <br />Falls off of equipment from mounting and dismounting improperly, not using a 3-point stance, and not wearing personal fall protection equipment<br />Energy type incidents from not properly securing and/or locking and tagging out equipment to prevent any unexpected movement from electrical, gravity, hydraulic or pneumatic energy sources <br />14<br />
  16. 16. How can you use BE-Safe everyday?<br />Slow down when you are driving your vehicle and during every task <br />Anticipateevery hazard which may occur during any task, such as someone pulling out in front of you while driving or a sudden stop in traffic, a workload falling or slipping, or flying particles or metal chips while grinding or hammering <br />Focuson your job or task at hand, before, during and after completion <br />Eliminatethe hazard from the beginning, such as using proper housekeeping, securing equipment by locking it out and/or tagging it out, lifting properly, or ensuring that you have the proper training, tools and PPE <br />15<br />
  17. 17. About us<br />Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Briggs Equipment is one of the largest heavy equipment distributors in North America. For more information about Briggs Equipment and its full range of material handling products and services, visit or find us on Facebook at<br />16<br />