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What Is OSHA?


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Title: What Is OSHA?

What Is OSHA?
  • What is the Purpose of OSHA?

What is OSHA?
  • Stands for Occupational and Safety Health
  • How Long has OSHA been around?
  • It was founded in 1970 as an agency for the
    United States Department of Labor

What is the Purpose of OSHA?
  • Main mission is to prevent workplace illness,
    injury, or death.
  • Sets and regulates health and safety guidelines
    that all business must follow.
  • Failure to comply with OSHA standards may result
    in fines and the possible closure of your

  • Before 1970
  • Job related accidents accounted for more than
    14,000 worker deaths.
  • Nearly 2.5 million workers were disabled.
  • 10 times as many sick days were lost from
    job-related disabilities as from strikes.
  • Estimated new cases of occupational diseases
    totaled 300,000 cases.

Is OSHA Working?
  • Since 1970
  • The work-fatality rate has been cut to more than
  • Reduced the overall injury rate in the workplace
    by 37
  • Reduced trenching and excavation fatalities and
    injuries by 35

Who Runs OSHA?
  • Administered through the Department of Labor
  • The DOL regulates and enforces more than 180
    federal laws.
  • Guidelines and standards are set to protect all
    employees and their employers under Federal
    Government authority

OSHA Guidelines and Standards
  • OSHA standards fall into four categories
  • Agricultural
  • Industrial
  • Maritime
  • of the sea, or shipping
  • Construction

OSHA and the MSDS Requirements
  • The requirements for MSDSs are found in paragraph
    (g) of 29 CFR 1910.1200 of the OSHA regulations
  • OSHA requires that MSDS sheets must be developed
    for hazardous chemicals used in the workplace
  • MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets

MSDS Requirements
  • They are required as a part of any compliance
    obligation to be available and displayed
    prominently in the workplace.
  • They must be written in English and contain
  • The name of the chemical
  • The chemical and common names of the substance
  • A listing of the ingredients
  • A list of known carcinogens or other known
  • Any specific hazards

Contents of the MSDS
  • There is no specific format for the MSDS but it
    must contain the required information
  • Required Information
  • Chemical properties
  • Protective measures
  • Health hazards
  • Flammability data
  • Reactivity with other chemicals
  • Contact information of the manufacturer.

How Do You Read an MSDS Sheet?
  • Lets look an the MSDS for Agarose

The RTK Label
The Right To Know Label is the most popular
The NFPA Diamond
National Fire Protection Association
The HMIS Label
  • The HMIS label was developed by the National
    Paint and Coating Association (NPCA)
  • The Hazardous Materials Identification System

HMIS Information
  • The HMIS Label provides in formation on the type
    of personal protective equipment (PPE) that
    should be used when handling the material.
  • Letters are used to indicate what combination of
    PPE should be used.
  • Letters A- K and X

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