At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- State the definition of a chemical hazard
- Describe mine operators chemical evaluation responsibilities
- List the potential health and physical hazards of chemical exposure
- State the purpose of a Hazard Communication, or "HazCom," program
- State the required elements of a HazCom program
- Describe how OSHA's GHS (Globally Harmonized System) relates to MSHA's HazCom program
- State the definition and purpose of a material safety data sheet, "MSDS," and a safety data sheet, "SDS"
- Describe the contents of an MSDS and an SDS
- List label and warning requirements for hazardous chemicals
The following key questions are answered in this module:
Do mine operators need to evaluate each chemical brought onto the mine site?
Yes. Mine operators must evaluate each chemical brought onto or produced on the mine property to determine if it is hazardous.
How do miners know which chemicals are used or produced on the mine site?
Upon request, the mine operator must provide access to the list of chemicals on-site and all Hazard Communication materials to miners and designated representatives, except with regard to trade secrets.
What is the purpose of MSHA's Hazard Communication standard?
The purpose of MSHA's Hazard Communication standard is to reduce injuries and illnesses to each person on the mine site.
What must be included in a mine's HazCom program?
A mine's HazCom program must include identification of on-site chemicals which pose a health hazard, labels for those chemicals, documentation of those chemicals in the form of an SDS or MSDS, and plans for training miners on the safe use and handling of the hazardous chemicals.
How does MSHA's HazCom standard comply with the United Nation's Globally Harmonized System (GHS)?
MSHA acknowledges and accepts that major changes to OSHA's HazCom standard include the new GHS system of classifying types and degrees of hazards, changes to labeling requirements and changes to the material safety data sheet (MSDS) now known as the safety data sheet (SDS).
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
Your mine's HazCom program must include the following: Identification of chemicals on-site which pose a health hazard to miners, labels and other forms of warnings for such chemicals, documentation of each hazardous chemical on-site with an SDS or MSDS, and plans for training miners in the safe use and handling of hazardous chemicals.
Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) - www.osha.gov
- OSHA Safety and Health Topics - https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index2.html
- OSHA Hazard Communication - www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/
- OSHA Publications - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3642.pdf
- 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910 - www.osha.gov/law-regs.html