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Finding chemical hazard information

Let’s talk about where an SDS, NIOSH Pocket Guide, Emergency Response Guidebook, and the WISER app all have a role in finding chemical hazards. They all have their place and limitations. When you work with chemicals, it is important to be able to locate the hazards, how to safely work with them, and how to respond to incidents, quickly and accurately. Each resource has its strengths and weaknesses, so knowing how to use each resource and when it is the best tool for the job is important. A safety data sheet, or SDS, is going to have the most specific information, but is not interactive for things like mapping evacuation zones. The NIOSH Pocket Guide is great for looking up chemical properties, such as permissible exposure limits and flammability, but is limited in other kinds of information. The Emergency Response Guidebook has chemicals in broader categories, so will not tell you chemical specific information, such as vapor pressure. My favorite resource is WISER, which is an app. It has the best of each resource, including all the properties from the ERG and NIOSH Pocket Guide, the evacuation zone mapping features of the online ERG, and more chemical properties than the NIOSH Pocket Guide.

Take a little time to learn each one, when it is applicable, and practice in case you ever need to find chemical hazards quickly during a response, or better yet, developing prevention and response plans BEFORE an incident occurs!

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Finding chemical hazard information

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1RdORXt2gI Let's talk about where an SDS, NIOSH Pocket Guide, Emergency Response Guidebook, and the WISER app all have a role in finding chemical hazards. They all have their place and limitations. When you work with chemicals, it is...

Discussion on having worksite first response teams.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwAT8Ot12Yg First aid and CPR instructor Tim Harves and I discuss OSHA's requirements for a trained first response team, some considerations and legal requirements, equipment you should have, training, and other aspects of having a team...

Writing a safety policy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sijTKtoaOc4 Do you struggle with writing safety policies? I discuss how to determine which policies you need, how to figure out what to include, keeping them brief and easy to follow, and what should and should not be in them! Many...

Differences between Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) and Federal OSHA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GO696j81cI Did you know Minnesota OSHA, or MNOSHA, has additional requirements for employers that Federal OSHA does not have? Here I talk about general industry standards that are different. Some examples in Minnesota include: Internal...

Preplan worksheet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFUF9avSMnQ If you would like a free and easy chemical hazard preplan assessment, Provenio makes one available free for you to use! Just enter a few numbers from the SDS and it automatically converts everything for consistency! Follow...

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Brad Kramer, our principal safety consultant, has been featured in various publications. View his articles for Firehouse  and Safety & Health below.

Firehouse

Addressing Volunteer Decline Through Consulting.

Safety & Health

My Story: Readers share how they got into the EHS field.