The Importance of Hazard Communication

Safety first is our big thing in case you have not already checked out our website. Besides keeping safety as a top priority, we here at SafT Integration also recommend strict and open communication between you and your employees or coworkers. One of the ways to stay connected through communication is through integrating a hazard communication line. So what do we mean by this?

What is Hazard Communication?

Hazard Communication Standard requires employers in the United States to disclose toxic and hazardous substances in the workplace. It relates to Worker Protection Standard. So this is where it is vital to ensure that you and your company are aware of all the hazardous materials located within your location.

How Do I Avoid Hazardous Incidents?

First and foremost, one of the biggest mistakes off the bat is not labeling your hazardous materials properly. We here at SafT see this time and time again and it’s something that can be easily avoided by ensuring you are labeling the correct materials by their labels.

The Importance Of Safety Data Sheets

You want to also make sure your safety data sheets are in order and marked off properly. This is another mistake companies often make which could cost you big in the long run. Organization is key when dealing with hazardous materials of any kind. These sheets used to be called MSDS, which stood for Material Safety Data Sheets. They have since then dropped the “M” and they are now referred to as SDS (Safety Data Sheets). These sheets are important because they basically let you know how NOT to get hurt by each chemical.

Second Container Labeling

Another mistake companies often get fined for is pouring a substance (chemical) into an unlabeled secondary container and leaving it unmarked. This is highly dangerous and not recommended. You want to make sure you are labeling each individual container properly, and with secondary containers, this is no exception.

Hazard Communication Labels

We know it can be difficult to try and read 16 different pages of what the chemical you are dealing with can do or does not do. Thankfully, the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in making sure there are pictograms attached to your large drums of chemicals. This essentially a photo that you see that tells you whether or not a chemical is flammable, toxic, harmful, and so on, which is helpful because you’re then able to understand quickly what it is you are dealing with.

Food Grade Containers

SafT Integration can NOT stress this part enough. This is truly simple and logical and here is the final way you can avoid hazardous communication mistakes:

Do NOT use food-grade containers for the storage of hazardous materials.

If you have an empty Gatorade bottle lying around, it’s best to leave it alone and not attempt to put anything harmful inside as this can prove to be a costly mistake if someone were to consume the chemicals inside this type of container by mistake. This is something we have unfortunately seen happen before.

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