Safety Focus of the Week: HazCom & SDS Sheets
HazCom is all about informing employees of the hazards associated with chemicals used on their job. The major components of the standard include:
- Safety Data Sheets
- Labeling of Containers
- Information & Training
Even something as simple as water should be labeled, although you don’t need an SDS sheet for this particular chemical. Not labeling a water container can pose practical problems even though its just water, such as:
- It should be considered suspicious as an unlabeled liquid and would justify some effort to verify it’s just water prior to disposal, handling, or use.
- Pouring out water onto the ground is generally considered acceptable. However, dumping a liquid from an unlabeled container could attract concern.
- Labeling the container as water should help assure that the container wasn’t contaminated with a hazardous liquid during a previous use.
Please review the attached link to the OSHA website for further information on HazCom and SDS sheets: