Employees must be protected from environmental hazards that arise out of or during the course of employment. Hazardous exposures, which may adversely affect their health, both immediate and long term effects, must be controlled.
The Safety Director, in conjunction with the safety committees, is responsible for administering a program for the anticipation, recognition evaluation and control of environmental health hazards.
The program provides management with an inventory of identified hazards, their locations, the schedule of monitoring and inspections, and other information necessary to control the recognized hazards.
To provide guidance to employees in determining when industrial hygiene survey procedures should be used to identify the chemical, biological and physical hazards that exist in the work environment.
Ideally, to assist employees in becoming familiar with each hazardous work activity and materials associated with the work, the safety director will evaluate purchase requests. By evaluating the material and process prior to their introduction and use, acceptable controls can be established. A policy has been established with the purchasing department, whereby the safety director is notified of the intended purchase of hazardous or potentially hazardous or materials. In all cases, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is required from the manufacturer or distributor for materials (i.e. laboratory chemicals, cleaning products, lubricants, herbicides, etc.) where employees may be exposed. At least one copy of the MSDS is provided to the user and to the safety director.
If an extremely hazardous chemical is used (those poses a severe health hazard) a substitute product shall be purchased. In the event that a suitable substitute cannot be used, the safety director will develop suitable control measures, contingent upon being given adequate time prior to the receipt of the materials. The work areas are continually surveyed to assure that control measures are used, and safeguards are maintained.