Osha requirement for updating msds
If certain individuals in your workplace are designated for medical response, then the employer is required to develop a bloodborne pathogen exposure control procedure. The listed items are intended to be the minimum for a workplace first aid kit.Depending on the potential for injury, a more complete kit may be necessary.The specific industries identified by OSHA are: In addition to these specific industries, OSHA standard 1910.151 states, "The employer shall ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation on matters of plant health." Compliance with the "ready availability of medical personnel" may mean providing training for employees to have on-site medical assistance.Part (b) of the same requirement states, "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid." Furthermore, OSHA has interpreted "near proximity" to mean 4-6 minutes from injury to medical care in "In areas where accidents resulting in suffocation, severe bleeding, or other life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness can be expected." If injuries like these are not common, then OSHA considers it reasonable to have response times as long as 15 minutes.For example, the list of chemicals and hazardous substances found in your facility should change when you change products.
The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website provides injury statistics for several industries.Assembling all safety-related policies into a safety manual allows for easy reference and updating.Moreover, when presented to an OSHA compliance inspection officer, this may result in penalty-assessment leniency.Items contaminated with blood or body fluids need to be discarded into proper containers labeled as bio-hazardous waste.Sharps in particular need to be discarded into puncture resistant containers that are also clearly labeled as bio-hazardous waste.
Look for your industry in the 2004 Summary Report (the latest data available).