Exhibit 1, 242 FW 2
Date: May 20, 2011
Series: Occupational Safety and Health
Part 242: Industrial Hygiene
Originating Office: Division of Safety and Health
HAZARD COMMUNICATION PLAN
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) developed this Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) plan to meet the requirements in 29 CFR 1910.1200 and 242 FW 2, Hazard Communication.
The HAZCOM point of contact for this facility is [insert the name of the Project Leader/supervisor/facility manager or other designated individual)
Date of plan:
1. PURPOSE. This plan describes how the Service’s [insert facility name] facility plans to identify the chemicals, their associated hazards (physical or chemical in nature), and the protective measures employees must take. It also explains how we will communicate information about the chemicals and hazards to employees, other workers, contractors, and cooperators.
2. HAZCOM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES. [Insert the name of the Project Leader/supervisor/facility manager or other designated individual] is responsible for chemical inventory, training, and periodic HAZCOM program evaluation at this facility.
[Insert name here] or another designated individual will inform you about the contents of this HAZCOM plan, the hazardous properties of chemicals with which you work, safe handling procedures, and measures to take to protect yourself from these chemicals (e.g., by wearing personal protective equipment). He/she also will tell you about the hazards associated with non-routine tasks, such as spill cleanup.
3. PLAN CONTENTS. This plan includes information about the following:
A. Action Levels are the minimum levels of occupational exposure to hazards that we use as a trigger in implementing medical surveillance examinations or continued health monitoring. Action levels are chemical-specific and driven by regulations.
B. Administrative Controls are procedures we can use to reduce exposure to hazardous materials (e.g., using a safer product, minimizing exposure duration, using the product in a way that eliminates the hazard, hiring a contractor to do the job).
C. Engineering Controls are mechanical means of reducing exposure at the source (e.g., fume hoods and exhaust fans).
D. Exposed means that you were subjected to the effects of a hazardous chemical when working, such as through inhalation, ingestion, a puncture wound, or skin contact.
E. Hazardous Materials have statistically significant evidence that a chemical(s) present in them may pose a health or physical hazard.
(1) They include laboratory chemicals, toners, cleaning supplies, petroleum products, hazardous organic compounds, maintenance shop supplies, lubricants, fuels, welding rods, paints, adhesives, etc. Hazardous materials also may be raw materials (wood, metal, plastic) that cause a hazard when a worker saws, heats, drills, or processes them into finished products.
(2) Chemicals listed in the following references are hazardous:
(a) 29 CFR 1910, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances.
(b) 29 CFR 1910.1200, Hazard Communication, Appendix A.
(c) Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Latest Edition.
(d) Annual Report on Carcinogens, National Toxicology Program, Latest Edition.
(e) Monographs, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Latest Edition.
F. Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) is a program employers use to ensure that they identify chemical hazards, inform employees about the hazards, develop measures to protect employees from those hazards, and explain how to protect themselves before they could be potentially exposed. Another phrase we use to describe it is the “Employee Right-to-Know program.” See 561 FW 14 for information on disclosing information about hazardous materials to State and local agencies and the Community Right-to-Know policy.
G. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and Safety Data Sheet (SDS). MSDSs and SDSs (we refer to them collectively in this plan as “MSDSs”) provide invaluable information about health risks, safety precautions, first aid procedures, and other information on various chemical products.
H. Physical Hazards.
Table 1: Examples of Physical Hazards
Pyrophorics (spontaneously ignite)
Extremely low frequency radiation
Heat and cold stress
Continuous, intermittent, and impulse noise
Radio frequency/microwave radiation
Ultrasonic acoustic radiation
Static magnetic fields
Unexploded ordnance or munitions
I. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are items such as gloves, safety glasses, goggles, protective footwear, respirators, etc., that we require employees to wear to protect them from hazards associated with their assigned job tasks.
5. HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL INVENTORY.
Attached is a list of all the hazardous chemicals used at this facility. The list identifies chemical location, chemical hazard classification, location of MSDSs, approximate quantities, and where they are used. We update this list annually, keep it with the MSDSs, and post it [insert name of location close to the storage site.]
Note: We do not need to inventory or provide an MSDS for common household chemicals when we use them in the same quantities and manner as we would use them in the home (i.e., consumer use).
6. MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDSs). MSDSs provide you with specific information on chemicals you use. They include chemical properties, hazard classification (i.e., flammable, corrosive, etc.), required personal protective equipment, etc.
We keep a binder with all MSDSs in: [insert location].
We also keep the MSDSs for the chemicals used at the [insert alternate site location] site in: [insert specific location of binder with MSDSs] because it is not near the location where we keep all the MSDSs.
[Insert Project Leader/supervisor/facility manager or other designated individual] is responsible for acquiring and updating MSDSs and is the only employee who may approve bringing new hazardous materials into the facility.
Whenever feasible, [insert name again] will buy the least hazardous materials for the required task.
He/she will contact the chemical manufacturer or vendor if an MSDS has not been supplied with a shipment. We will not use any chemicals coming in without an MSDS until we receive the MSDS. We keep MSDSs for materials no longer used in this facility for a minimum of 30 years in a separate file located [insert location].
7. LABELS AND OTHER FORMS OF WARNING.
[insert name again] will ensure that all incoming products/chemicals are properly labeled. Labels should list, at a minimum:
Employees do not have to label small containers into which they pour materials for use on that shift as long as they are the ones pouring and using the material. However, if more than one person will use the container, it will be used for more than one shift, or it’s not under the continuous control of the employee who poured it, then the employee must label the secondary container with product identification and hazard.
It is the policy of this facility to keep all hazardous chemicals in their original containers whenever possible.
8. NON-ROUTINE TASKS.
Non-routine tasks are defined as working on, near, or with unlabeled piping, unlabeled containers of an unknown substance, confined space entry where a hazardous substance may be present, or a one-time task using a hazardous material differently than intended (e.g., using a paint solvent to remove stains from tile floors). Your Project Leader/supervisor/facility manager must take the following steps to prepare for non-routine tasks:
Everyone who works with or is potentially exposed to hazardous materials must receive initial training on the HAZCOM standard (29 CFR 1910.1200 and 242 FW 2) and the safe use of those hazardous materials by [insert name of person responsible].
The training must emphasize:
10. CONTRACTORS. All contractors performing work at sites covered by this plan must follow the requirements of this plan.
[Insert name of Project Leader/supervisor/facility manager] (or designee) must provide contractors the following information:
Contractors must provide us with the following information:
[insert name] will advise all non-Service personnel (e.g., contractors, volunteers, and cooperators) in person, of any chemical hazards that they may encounter in the normal course of their work, the labeling system in use, the protective measures to take, and the safe handling procedures to use. He/she will also notify these individuals of the location and availability of MSDSs.
Anyone bringing hazardous materials on site must provide [insert name] with the appropriate hazard information on these substances, including the labels, MSDSs, and the precautionary measures to take when working with these chemicals.
(SEE FWS FORM 3-2288)
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