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Management of Hazardous Materials and Waste - Review. Chemical Hazards Communication (HAZCOM) or Right To Know. This is a law about chemical information being available to employees from the manufacturers. Hazard Communication Right to Know Law. Chemical Safety Material Safety Data Sheets

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Chemical hazards communication hazcom or right to know

Chemical Hazards Communication (HAZCOM)orRight To Know

This is a law about chemical information being available to employees from the manufacturers.


Hazard communication right to know law
Hazard CommunicationRight to Know Law

Chemical Safety

Material Safety Data Sheets

All containers must be labeled

Proper storage and handling

Know specific health hazards


This law gives you rights to know what
This Law gives YOU RIGHTS TO KNOW what?

What hazardous chemicals are in your workplace

What the associated hazards are

What Personal Protective Equipment is required

What to do in an emergency


Examples of hazardous materials in healthcare
EXAMPLES OFHAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN HEALTHCARE

  • Solvents

  • Paint Thinners

  • Pesticides

  • Boiler Chemicals

  • Glutaraldehyde

  • Lead

  • Formalin

  • Chemotherapy Drugs


Hazardous materials that are present within maine medical center
Hazardous Materials That Are Present Within Maine Medical Center

Asbestos ( Most in Richards Building)

Lead (Maine General Building, 1929&1956)

Ethylene Oxide (ETO) (Central Sterile Dept.)

Liquid Nitrogen (Clinics, Blood Bank)

Oxygen (Hospital)

Silica (Hospital)


Silica dust
Silica Dust Center

  • Is a known Carcinogen

  • Causes Silicosis (scaring of lung tissue)

  • Reduces the ability to get oxygen from the air

  • Silica exposures may come from brick, block, concrete or sand dust


Dust generation in a construction area
Dust Generation in a CenterConstruction Area

  • Area must be under negative pressure

  • Before cutting, grinding, jack hammering of concrete, bricks or blocks contact project manager.

  • Utilize proper engineering and work practice controls (example wet methods for cutting)


Exposure to chemicals can occur by the following routes
Exposure to chemicals can occur by the following routes: Center

  • Ingestion (eating)

  • Inhalation ( breathing)

  • Absorption (soaking)

  • or Injection (such as a needle stick)


If you feel that you have had a chemical exposure

1. Follow Maine Medical Center’s Indoor Air Quality Policy Center

2. Communicate Concerns to Supervisor/Manager

3. Supervisor/Manager Determines Urgency:

- Emergent

- Urgent

- Non Urgent

- Preventive

Supervisor/Manager may need to:

Call a Code Orange

2. Evacuate Area

3. Ask you to make an Appointment with Employee Health Services

4. Contact Safety Dept.

If You Feel That You Have Had a Chemical Exposure


Personal protective equipment ppe
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Center

To use on the job, PPE:

  • Must be correct for the job and protection needed

  • Must fit you comfortably

  • Must be available for your use

  • Must be supplied by MMC with training on how to use


Personal protective equipment ppe examples
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Examples Center

Eye - glasses or goggles

Face - face shield

Skin - protective clothing

Hands - special gloves

Feet - special footwear

Breathing - respirators

Hearing - earplugs or earmuffs


Respirator program
Respirator Program Center

  • You may need a respirator if you work with patients who might have an airborne illness, an example would be TB, SARS or if you work with hazardous chemicals.

  • The Safety Office trains instructors who then offer respirator instruction and fit testing on several types of respirators to their department.


Respirator program requirements
Respirator Program Requirements Center

  • All staff must be medically cleared by EHS prior to respirator usage

  • Attend respirator training

  • If using N95, must pass “fit” testing

  • Periodic health screening for respirator

  • Attend mandatory annual fit testing class in their department, or through Safety


The best sources of chemical information for mmc workers
THE BEST SOURCES OF CHEMICAL INFORMATION FOR MMC WORKERS Center

  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the Intranet

  • Container Labels

  • MMC Pharmacist

  • Northern New England Poison Control Center(1-800-222-1222)


On MMC home page Center

Click here to go to

MSDS Source


You can search Center

by typing in

chemical name


Search by “My Binder” Center

then Highlight Dept. and

CLICK


Nfpa warning labels are used at mmc colors and numbers define hazard
NFPA WARNING LABELS are used at MMC; colors and numbers define hazard

  • FLAMMABLITY

    REACTIVITY

  • HEALTH

  • SECIFIC HAZARD (example = do not mix with water)

  • 0=no hazard

  • 1=low hazard

  • 2=moderate hazard

  • 3=high hazard

  • 4=extreme hazard


All containers require a label primary and secondary

ALL CONTAINERS REQUIRE A LABEL! define hazard (primary AND secondary)


HAND WRITTEN define hazard

LABELS

On secondary containers,

hand written labels need to be permanent,

accurate and complete


DO NOT STORE CHEMICALS define hazard

ALPHABETICALLY or acids and

bases will be next to each other


What is hazardous waste
What Is Hazardous Waste? define hazard

  • It Is:

    • A useless, unwanted, or discarded hazardous substance or material

    • whether or not such substance has any other or future use

    • includes spilled, leaked, pumped, poured, emitted, disposed, emptied, or dumped onto the land or into the water or ambient air

    • Questions about proper disposal? Contact the Safety Office 662-2513


We recycle i e paper and universal waste

Paper: blue, green, purple, newspaper if it’s paper we recycle it

Computers / Electronics

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Batteries ( NiCad, Lithium, Rechargeable)

Alkaline Batteries go in regular trash

We Recycle! i.e. Paper and Universal Waste


Cylinder safety

Cylinders must be: Restrained…Chained, Strapped or Racked

Do Not Leave a Oxygen Bottle on a Stretcher

No more than (12) O2 cylinders in approved storage area

Potential Hazards:

Explosion

Projectile

Chemical Content

Weight of Cylinder

CYLINDER SAFETY


Eye wash emergency showers
EYE WASH & EMERGENCY SHOWERS Racked

Tested weekly by the Dept.

Each Dept. keeps record of testing

You should learn how to operate the eyewash

Never block access to the eyewash

Keep it clean


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