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Chemical Safety

Today’s workplace uses thousands of chemicals, many of which are hazardous. The resources in this section will help guide you in the safe and legal identification, storage, transport, and use of these chemicals, and in making sure that your employees right to know how to be safe around such substances is provided, as required by law.

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Common HazCom Mistakes and Tips for Compliance

Hazard communication often figures prominently on OSHA’s annual Top 10 Violations list. Find out why so many employers fall short of HazCom requirements.

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Responding to Chemical Spills: First Critical Actions

Taking immediate action after a chemical spill has been identified can prevent worker injuries and environmental damage.

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Facts about OSHA’s Lab Standard and Chemical Hygiene Plans

Yesterday, we describe eight elements that must be included in chemical hygiene plans. Today, we review more facts about the plans required under OSHA’s lab standard.

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8 Elements of a Chemical Hygiene Plan

If you’re required to have a chemical hygiene, make sure it contains these elements.

Since 1990, OSHA has required facilities engaged in the use of chemicals in a laboratory to develop and implement a written chemical hygiene plan (CHP). OSHA requires these facilities to set forth procedures, equipment, PPE, work practices, training, and policies to help protect employees from the health hazards presented by hazardous chemicals used in their workplace.

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HAZWOPER Health and Safety Plans: 3 Basic Requirements

These three basics will help ensure that your HAZWOPER HASP is OSHA-compliant.

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HAZWOPER Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Take a quick look at the requirements for HAZWOPER health and safety plans.

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Flammable Liquids Safety Training: Who and What

When flammable liquids are involved, the risks are high, and everyone needs to be trained to follow required safety procedures.

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Flammable Liquids: Don’t Forget the Basics

OSHA’s flammable liquids standard (29 CFR 1910.106) explains what these substances are and how to store and use them safely

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Safer Chemicals: OSHA Outlines the Benefits

Yesterday, we outlined the steps in the process of transitioning to safer chemicals. Today, we review reasons why using safer chemicals whenever possible is a good idea.

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Check Out OSHA’s Safer Chemicals Toolkit

hazardous-chemicals

The most effective way to control hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace is to eliminate them, but it can be difficult to identify safer alternatives.

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