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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

  • 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

  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the Intranet

  • Container Labels

  • MMC Pharmacist

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

Management of hazardous materials and waste review

On MMC home page Center

Click here to go to

MSDS Source

Management of hazardous materials and waste review

You can search Center

by typing in

chemical name

Management of hazardous materials and waste review

Search by “My Binder” Center

then Highlight Dept. and


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




  • 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)

Management of hazardous materials and waste review

HAND WRITTEN define hazard


On secondary containers,

hand written labels need to be permanent,

accurate and complete

Management of hazardous materials and waste review



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:



Chemical Content

Weight of Cylinder


Eye wash emergency showers

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