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MAY 2015

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COATINGSPRO MAY 2015 43 WORK IT SAFE One of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to "design out" or minimize hazards and risks. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) leads a national initiative called Prevention through Design (PtD). PtD's purpose is to promote this concept and highlight its importance in all business decisions. PROGRAM MISSION The mission of the PtD national initiative is to prevent or reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities through the inclusion of prevention considerations in all designs that impact workers. The mission can be achieved by: Eliminating hazards and controlling risks to workers to an accept- able level "at the source" or as early as possible in the life cycle of items or workplaces. Including design, redesign, and retrofit of new and existing work premises, structures, tools, facilities, equipment , machinery, products, substances, work processes, and the organization of work. Enhancing the work environment through the inclusion of preven- tion methods in all designs that impact workers and others on the premises. The strategic plan establishes goals for the successful implementa- tion of the PtD Plan for the National Initiative. This comprehensive approach, which includes worker health and safety in all aspects of design, redesign, and retrofit, is the roadmap that will provide a vital framework for saving lives and preventing work-related injuries and illnesses. DEFINING PTD PtD encompasses all of the efforts to anticipate and design out hazards to workers in facilities, work methods, operations, processes, equip- ment, tools, products, new technologies, and the organization of work. The focus of PtD is on workers who execute the designs or have to work with the products of the design. The initiative has been developed to support designing out hazards, which is the most reliable and effective type of prevention. For more information, contact: NIOSH, (800) 232-4636, www.cdc.gov/ niosh/engcontrols paragraphs of 29 CFR 1910.1200 or 1926.59: (e) Written Hazard Communication Program; (f ) Labels and Other Forms of Warning; (g) Safety Data Sheets; and (h) Employee Information and Training. Compliance with the HCS is not a one-shot deal. To have a successful program, it will be necessary to assign responsibility to staf for both the initial and ongoing activities needed to comply with the standard. In some cases, these activities may already be part of current job assignments. For example, site supervisors are frequently respon- sible for on-the-job training sessions. Early identifcation of the responsible employees and their involvement in the development of your plan of action will result in a more efective program design. To ensure you have an efective program and address all of the neces- sary components, responsibility for implementation of hazard communica- tion should be assigned to someone to coordinate. While diferent people may be responsible for certain parts of imple- mentation, there should be someone who has overall responsibility. Te person responsible for the overall coordi- nation may not be the best person to do the training, for example. Approaching compliance consistently and comprehen- sively is the key to success. 2. Prepare and Implement a Written Hazard Communication Program Te written program must include: • A list of the hazardous chemi- cals known to be present in the workplace or to be used at a jobsite. The list may be kept by product name, common name, or chemical name. The term used on the list must also be available on both the SDS and the label so that these documents can be cross-referenced. Reviewing purchasing records may help, and you should establish procedures to ensure that purchasing procedures result in receiving SDSs before a material is used in the workplace. Whenever possible prior to purchasing chemicals, review the hazards of the chemicals and evaluate if less hazardous chemi- cals can be used instead. • The methods to inform your employees of the hazards of non-routine tasks. The written program needs to include how you will inform your employees of hazards that are outside of their normal work routine. W hen you have more than one employer operating on a site and employees may be exposed to the chemicals used by other employers, your written hazard communication program must also address how: • On-site access to SDSs will be provided to the other employer(s); • Your employees will be informed of any required precautionary measures; • Your employees will be informed of the on-site labeling system if it is different from the labels speci- fied for shipped containers under the standard. You should already have a written hazard communication program for your worksite(s). Review your written Safety Watch

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