Meeting all the Right safety requirements for OSHA and EPA standards may seem difficult. Do you know if your facility could pass the test?
Making sure your facility and workplace are complaint and hazard-free should be a number one priority for your own safety as well as the safety of others. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards mean serious business these days. No one wants to be faced with a penalty that comes with serious and costly repercussions. With OSHA fines having increased approximately 78% in August 2016, employers should be focusing on improving standards in the workplace not to just avoid these high fines, but to provide a safe, compliant working environment. In order to meet these standards and avoid serious fines, sometimes you need the Right equipment to comply with these codes and regulations.
Make sure you these areas off your list:
Steel and Plastic Drums
Do your drums sit directly on the ground floor, on wooden transportation pallets or sit open without a lid? Accidents are bound to happen in these conditions and during the handling of drums so it is important to practice proper procedures. Drums sitting on the ground or on pallets should have spill protection since spills cause slips, trips and falls. The use of spill decks helps with drum waste collection by capturing the spills and leaks, then a spill bladder will deploy when the sump fills up, preventing a messy, dangerous overflow. Also, an adequate amount of absorbents should be kept near certain areas where major drum spills could occur.
Fuel, Solvent Cans and Containers
Are your gas cans labeled correctly? Do you have open gas cans containing flammable liquids? These are common mistakes with very simple fixes within your facility. It is important to understand the dangers present and the type of storage needed to ensure safe usage of flammable liquids. Safety cans are metal cans that are designed to offer both convenience and safety when facilitating the storage and transfer of flammable liquids. They are approved by DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) and should be physically labeled as such “Safety Cans” under OSHA standards. Solvent cans and other containers should not be left open. Original containers of flammable liquids are allowed by OSHA if the container is in a quantity of one gallon or less. Open containers are not approved and allow VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into the air. Some VOC’s can be dangerous to human health as well as the environment which is why they are regulated by law.
Flammable Safety Cabinets
Are the safety cabinet doors in your facility capable of latching? Are there hazardous materials on open shelves or stacked on or around the cabinet? Improper storage and handling of flammable liquids is one of the leading causes of industrial fires. Liquid containers such as safety cans must be kept in storage cabinets with the appropriate label on the outside of the cabinet - “FLAMMABLE – KEEP FIRE AWAY.” Doors should be well fitted, shelf closing and equipped with a latching device. Any additional drilled holes, screws or padlock hasp added to the safety cabinet are not acceptable. Making sure you have the adequate amount of storage space is vital; there should not be extra containers stacked on top or around cabinets and no more than three cabinets may be located in a single fire area.
Not sure if your facility meets some of these standards? Contact your BASCO Representative and schedule a free facility survey today.
OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://osha.gov
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