Posts Tagged ‘MSDS’

Respiratory Protection for Undercoating Operations

Friday, April 27th, 2012

If your business offers, or is considering offering undercoating and rustproofing services, then it is important to remember that the chemicals involved in the process generally require the use of a respirator- or even a full supplied air system.

Information about safe product application, respirators and other forms of required PPE, is available on the product’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the undercoating or rustproofing product. It is a great resource that should always be referenced before allowing employees to apply the product to vehicles. Using this information keeps the employee safe, and it insulates your business from regulatory fines, workers’ compensation claims, and lawsuits.

If you are a KPA client, you can access the Automotive Industry MSDS database including many undercoating and rustproofing products by logging in your mykpaonline account.

Read more about respiratory protection for undercoating operations.

How OSHA’s Final Rule on Hazard Communication Changes Your Safety Program

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

As the dust settles around OSHA’s final rule on Hazard Communication, it is easy to see how this is going to affect safety programs at small businesses in the automotive industry. This final rule will become effective, in part, on June 26, 2012, with a built-in transition period and a fully effective date of June 1, 2016.

The standard changes OSHA’s current hazard communication requirements to conform to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and international trade laws. There are three parts of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Requirement that will be affected: system-labels, SDSs, and employee training.


Part of the new requirement mandates that labels will contain a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category. Labels will also have to disclose voluntary threshold limit values (TLVs) established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). They will also disclose carcinogen status from nationally and internationally recognized lists of carcinogens.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) becomes Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Under the new rule, hazards will be communicated through a set of 16 hazard categories, including a new category of hazards – “Hazards Not Otherwise Classified” and labels will also include combustible dust in the definition of “hazardous chemical.”

Employee Training

Employee training will have to be updated so that employees are knowledgeable about the new system labeling requirements and new hazard classifications. The training requirement will go into effect December of 2013.

The final standard can be found on OSHA’s website. Compliance guidance on the new standard, including Highlights and FAQOSHA Fact Sheet and OSHA Quick Cards, can be found on the agency’s website as well.

What’s your take on the changes to the hazard communication standard? Is your safety program ready for this new rule? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with the KPA blog community.


OSHA’s Hazard Communication Requirements Explained

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

There are five parts to an effective Hazard Communication program at your dealership. Your central record keeping should include a written program that demonstrates a commitment to chemical safety by management, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for every chemical on premise, a chemical inventory listing including quantities on premise, and documentation of all employee training activities around chemical safety. Additionally, make sure that all primary and secondary containers are properly labeled.

Keep up with these five things, and you’re in compliance with OSHA’s Hazard communication standard. Here are some more references about Hazard Communications on the web, and in video.

Hazard Communication at top of OSHA Top 10, 2010

How KPA helps dealerships create safety programs that comply with OSHA

Take two minutes and watch this video by Safety Engineer, Glorianna Cooley. She explains the core concepts around OSHA’s Hazard Communication Requirements and what they mean for dealerships and service centers.

MSDS Gone Wild!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

“Oh no! We have a serious problem. The plant office manager ran into my office with a frantic look of panic on her face. The company safety inspectors are here and they want to see an MSDS on the Wite-Out. What will we do?”

Although this article written by Greg Klima titled “MSDS Gone Wild!” never explains if you really do need an material data safety sheet (MSDS) on Wite-Out, it’s a side of hazard communication that you don’t see too often, and it’s an interesting insight into an alarming scenario.

The story plays out like this: you are scrambling through your binders or your MSDS database of chemicals (just like about a thousand other safety professionals do every year when safety professionals show up). You are panicking because you have been taught to believe that you need an MSDS on every chemical in your facility, including Sally’s mayonnaise packets, Timmy’s aspirin, and Billy’s cosmetic dental floss, and the author’s advice while this hectic scenario plays out is to:


It’s true that the purpose of the hazard communication standard is meant to set rules to inform employees of risks which they are exposed to when working with potentially hazardous chemicals, but while the intentions of this basic rule of haz-com makes us keep our binders and databases updated in the event of an emergency or a facility audit, we have perhaps become almost too good at this practice. We now may have MSDS on items we don’t necessarily need to have them for – the truth is we do not need to have an MSDS on every single chemical in our facility. Once we determine which items not to worry about keeping on file, the easier it may be to maintain records. It’s that simple.

When Do I Not Need an MSDS?

If you check OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.1200, you’ll see that OSHA is very specific about exceptions to its application and scope. MSDS are only one form of hazard communication. Two additional ways to inform employees about potential risks include container labeling and employee training. Other details include what chemicals are exempt from this rule (29 CFR 1910.1200(b)) and which categories of hazardous chemicals do not apply (29 CFR 1910.1200(b)(6)).  Knowing what to be worried about now might save you some fretting in the future.

At KPA, we can help you maintain and update your facility’s MSDS database and chemical inventory as well as provide training and expert advice to help you support a safe and healthy workplace. With seven EHS services, we can help you comply with DOT and MSDS and hazard communication requirements all the way up to a complete environmental, health, and safety program. Each KPA service consists of a combination of online software, on-site services, function-specific training, and expert consulting necessary for a complete compliance program. Contact us to learn what level of support is right for your business.

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

OSHAOSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for the 2010 fiscal year was revealed at The National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in San Diego in EHS Today. Keeping with the trends of previous years, this new top 10 was only slightly different from last year’s top 10. Thomas Galassi, the director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs, listed the 2010 top 10 at the NSC conference and said that OSHA generally sees “a degree of consistency in these violations” and that the “violations relate to falls, contact with equipment and exposure to harmful substances.”

For the second year in a row, we have compiled a list of the top ten violations by Auto Dealers for you.

  1. Hazard Communication
  2. Electrical safety requirements
  3. Abrasive wheel machinery
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. General Duty Clause
  6. Personal Protective Equipment
  7. Walking/Working Surfaces (including stairs and ladders)
  8. Machinery and Machine Guarding
  9. Powered Industrial Trucks
  10. Medical Services and First Aid

Once again, our list was similar to our Top 10 list from last year. Hazard Communication was at the top of the list for a second year in a row and stands out as the most common violation cited by OSHA. Perhaps getting the word out about these haz-com requirements should be at the top of more public relations and association’s top 10 “to-do” lists. “These are very important,” Galassi said. “[They are] lessons learned in the workplace … lessons to take home.”

For more information about the Hazard Communication Standard, visit the OSHA’s Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standards or learn more about OSHA safety, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and employee training.

Hazmat Training – Lives depend on it

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Tech training in service areaYou know how the old adage goes: “Train as if your life depends on it, because it does.” This is especially true when it comes to hazardous materials training – many lives depend on the proper training of Hazmat Employees.

As we have mentioned before, if you have hazardous chemicals in your facility (and remember that acetone and gasoline are hazardous chemicals), you must comply with DOT hazmat rules (Title 49 CFR 172, Subpart H) and OSHA’s Hazard Communication (“Right to Know”) Standard. If you don’t regularly ship hazmat or you are not a manufacturer of hazardous materials, don’t think that your dealership is immune to the regulations. Whether you or ship hazardous materials once per year or every day; around the block or across the country; in a small package or in a tank: You must protect your employees and the public from any potentially adverse effects of the chemicals being handled.

The idea is pretty straightforward: Workers have a right to know about the substances and chemicals with which they come in to contact, and any risks they may be exposed to, as well as the proper protective equipment to use. Under the Hazard Communication Standard, shippers are also required to maintain a database of Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) and a facility-specific chemical inventory of the chemical products stored and used throughout their facility.

Every employee who affects the safety of hazardous materials transportation is a Hazmat Employee and must be trained. This definition also applies to the owner or the operator of the vehicle transporting the hazardous materials in commerce or any employee who, during his or her course of employment:

  • Handles, loads, or unloads hazardous materials
  • Manufactures, marks, classifies, labels, packages, or otherwise represents containers, drums, or packagings which are classified for use in the transportation of hazardous materials
  • Prepares hazardous materials for transportation
  • Is responsible for storage and disposal of hazardous materials
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials
  • Operates or owns a vehicle to transport hazardous materials

Take this simple quiz to see if your dealership could pass an OSHA/DOT audit:

  1. Do you have records confirming at least one employee has DOT Hazmat Certification?
  2. Is this training being updated every three years?
  3. Did this training include the newly required “Security Awareness” training?
  4. Are you following the proper procedures for hazardous shipments using the proper labels, classifications, identification numbers, and packing groups according to the DOT’s hazardous materials table?
  5. Do you provide the required 24-hour emergency contact phone number on your shipping papers?

Read more of our EHS DOT blogs.

If you are unable to answer “yes” to every question, contact us to learn more about our new standalone DOT and MSDS service.

Beyond “Right To Know” for MSDS information

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Your employees have the “right to know” about hazardous chemicals in the workplace under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) which states “employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must have label and material safety data sheets (MSDS) for their exposed workers and train them appropriately.” The HCS allows for MSDS to be kept hard copy format or online – but in the event of an emergency, do you really want your employees scrambling for a binder full of MSDSs and then frantically looking for the right sheet among many? Online systems provide search tools, index, and immediate access making critical information not just available but “easy to find.” Online systems with a backup CD-Rom option give you “peace of mind” if your internet connection goes down during an emergency. When seconds count in the event of an emergency that involves hazardous chemicals “easy to find” and “peace of mind” is just as important as the right to know.

New DOT HazMat Rule Goes into Effect October 1

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Rule Summary

Starting on October 1, 2010 the Department of Transportation will begin enforcing a revised Hazardous Materials transportation rule. This rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations to clarify requirements for using a third-party 24 hour emergency number. In order for the emergency response operator to be able to link the materials you are shipping to your MSDSs and other emergency response information, the DOT is requiring that identifying information for your facility is listed on the shipping papers.

What you need to do

For most facilities, compliance with the new rule will be fairly straight forward. KPA recommends you take both of the steps below to ensure your materials are easily identified in case of an accident. However, to be in compliance you should ensure at least one of the following is listed in close proximity to the 24 hour emergency number:

  1. Your facility name is clearly identified on the shipping papers.
  2. Your 24 hour emergency number provider account number is printed on the shipping papers.

For example, to ensure the highest level of compliance, if your facility name is not listed elsewhere, you should list the following in the description section of the shipping paper:

Your Facility Name, 24 hour number, Acct#

If you have additional questions on this regulatory change or DOT hazmat regulations in general, talk with your current DOT hazmat provider to understand the upcoming changes in regulation.

For additional information, here is an electronic version of the 2008 Emergency Response Guidebook.

By Peter Zaidel and Wendy Hudson