Hazardous Materials Identification System - June 10th, 2013

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Hazardous Materials Identification System  

 

Under the Hazard Communication Standard put forth by OSHA, virtually all hazardous chemicals used in the workplace are required to have labels that indicate the type and level of the potential hazard.

 

The warning labels used to identify hazardous materials have a universal color and numbering system. They also utilize a letter designating what type of personal protective equipment is needed. This makes it easier for you to tell what type and level of hazard you are dealing with. Colors are used to show the specific kind of hazard, and numbers within the colors are used to let you know what the potential hazard is, mild through severe.

Please review the following:

 

COLOR: TYPE

Red -- indicates the flammability hazard. 0 -- Minimal hazard

Blue -- shows the health hazard. 1 -- Slight hazard

Yellow -- tells the reactivity hazard. 2 -- Moderate hazard

White -- informs if any special hazards exist. 3 -- Serious hazard

4 -- Severe hazard

 

PPE

  • Safety glasses
  • Safety glasses, gloves
  • Safety glasses, gloves, synthetic apron
  • Face shield, gloves, synthetic apron
  • Safety glasses, gloves, dust respirator
  • Safety glasses, gloves, synthetic apron, dust respirator
  • Safety glasses, gloves, vapor respirator
  • Splash goggles, gloves, synthetic apron, vapor respirator
  • Safety glasses, gloves, dust and vapor respirator
  • Splash goggles, gloves, synthetic apron, dust and vapor respirator
  • Airline respirator, gloves, full suit, boots
  • Ask your supervisor for guidance

 

As a rule of thumb, any category with a "2" or higher should be considered as having the potential to create a dangerous situation. If you are unsure about any aspect of the chemical that you are handling, refer to the MSDS. Remember, at a minimum; always wear the personal protective equipment recommended. The purpose of the standard is to reduce the number of unprotected exposures to work place chemicals. It is meant to protect YOU!

 

Gemini Energy Services is the premier independent service provider to the wind industry.  Safety is not just a philosophy at Gemini; it's our defining characteristic.  Whether Gemini technicians are driving to the project site or working on energized equipment in the hub, we strive for zero injuries.  Our proactive safety initiatives, which incorporate safety indoctrination, tailgate safety meetings, ongoing Personal Qualification Standards (PQS), a safety incentive program and completion of thorough Job Site Assessments, have resulted in an unblemished safety record.  We are confident that our colleagues in the wind industry share our commitment to safety and a zero-injury workplace.  

 

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