“Human Life – solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”
Abu Dhabi, UAE (December 26, 2017) – Health is the most valuable asset of any individual. Every nation tries to achieve a better quality of life for its peoples and the basis of this is the health of the individual. Occupational health – the health of the working person – is important because healthy workers work more effectively and productively. Increase in productivity increases the wealth of a company and eventually the wealth of the nation. The strategy for occupational health is now not limited to physical diseases but also to mental well-being, which in turn is related to job satisfaction and professional development.
The OSHA Regulation concerning Chemical Handling is CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication. Information about the hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:
- Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers;
- All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard
- Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
- Safety Data Sheets:Will now have a specified 16-section format.
- Information and training:Employers are required to train
The effect of a chemical substance on the body depends not only on the individual chemical but also on the dose and susceptibility of the individual. In general, no chemical can be considered non-toxic; there are only differences in degree or effect. Absence of any immediate effect is not an indication that a substance is harmless. Precautionary measures should be taken therefore and protective equipment supplied where chemicals can affect persons.
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