To create and maintain a safe and healthful workplace with zero safety incidents.
HAZARD COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
The Hazard Communication Program details policies and procedures for managing a safe work environment, and dictates that employees are to receive initial safety training before starting work. This program can be accessed electronically in this training section, and can also be found in hard copy in the main office.
GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM
The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is the classification and labeling of chemicals. Watch the video below to learn more about the elements found on chemical labels, how employees might use the labels in the workplace, and how elements work together on a label. Additionally, you will learn about the standardized safety data sheet (SDS) and how information on labels are related to the SDS.
Hazard pictograms are one of the key elements for the labeling of containers under the GHS, along with:
- an identification of the product;
- a signal word – either Danger or Warning – where necessary
- hazard statements, indicating the nature and degree of the risks posed by the product
- precautionary statements, indicating how the product should be handled to minimize risks to the user (as well as to other people and the general environment)
- the identity of the supplier (who might be a manufacturer or importer)
CHECKPOINT: Which international organization developed GHS? What are the two signal words and what does each mean? What's the difference between a hazard statement and a precautionary statement? How many sections are in a safety data sheet?
Scenario Activity: You are preparing to wash tube for the first time using a degreaser named Simple Green. Before handling the material, you want to know what hazards the product may pose, how to properly handle and store the product, and what first-aid measures to take in case of exposure. Locate the SDS binder and find the data sheet for Simple Green. Use this data sheet to answer the following questions:
- What should you do if you get the chemical in your eyes? If you swallow it? If it irritates your skin?
- Is the chemical flammable?
- How should the chemical be handled and stored?
- What protective equipment should you use/wear when handling the chemical?
- Are there any reactive materials to avoid contact with?
- How do you dispose of used chemical, assuming that the cleaning application does not produce any hazardous contaminants?
- How do you dispose of the empty product container?
EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN
The Emergency Action Plan details the proper procedures to follow in case of evacuation, fire, medical, or other emergencies.
In this section you will familiarize yourself with our workplace to better understand what activities we perform; where personal protective equipment (PPE) is stored and when to use it; where you can find first-aid kits, fire extinguishers, and fire exit doors; and how you should report safety incidents or near-misses that occur in the workplace.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection. Appropriate PPE should be worn depending on the hazard:
- Safety glasses – protect your eyes and face from flying particles or dust, molten metal, liquid chemicals, and UV or IR light.
- Hard hats – protect your head from falling or overhead objects, electrical conductors, power-driven machinery, and molten metal.
- Steel-toed shoes – protect your feet from falling/crushing objects, puncture hazards, electrical conductors, hot substances, and chemicals.
- Gloves – protect your hands from chemicals, cuts, punctures, and extreme temperatures.
If a work activity requires PPE that is not available or is in need of repair or replacement, notify your supervisor. Appropriate PPE must be worn when conducting tasks that require protection.
* No activities performed at KCR require the use of a respirator. Respirators are not to be stored or used on company property under any circumstances. Dust masks may be used for user comfort, but are not required for the activities performed at KCR.
Incident Report Forms must be completed for all work-related injuries, illnesses, or "near miss" events (which could have caused an injury or illness) - no matter how minor. This helps us to identify and correct hazards before they cause serious injuries. Work with a supervisor to report and document injuries, illnesses, and near-misses as soon as possible after an incident.
Print the following checklist and work with your mentor to complete it: Workplace Familiarization Checklist