Did you know that there are over 600,000 chemicals existing today and over 30 million workers are either exposed to or work with those chemicals and many of them can be hazardous?
And sometimes it feels like the cleaning and restoration industry uses about 599,000 of those.
OSHA regulates our use of hazardous chemicals according to the Hazard Communication Standard. The United States adopted what’s called the Globally Harmonized System in 2012 and under it they classify hazardous chemicals according to three hazard classifications: physical, health, and environmental.
OSHA just has regulations regarding physical and health hazards. Now, every year, OSHA releases their top 10 most cited violations of their standards for the previous year. In 2020, out of the top 10 most cited violations, 3 out of the top 6 were regarding the Hazard Communication Standard.
The most cited infraction was violation of that standard.
#1 was for not having written programs.
#3 was violation of the standard for not maintaining safety data sheets of chemical labels.
And the #6 was a violation of that standard for not supplying proper training to employee safety data sheets.
Labeling and training are all requirements under your written hazard communication standard.
Do you have one? Is it comprehensive enough? It maybe something you should look at.
OSHA-Compliance and Written Plans Made Easy
The Reets Safety and Health Management System is designed specifically to make OSHA-compliance easy for cleaning and restoration companies.
This robust safety management system comes with:
- pre-written programs required to be OSHA-compliant
- Over 30 high quality safety training videos
- Automated reminders for respirator fit testing and employee safety training