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1986 FIN – New OSHA Hazardous Materials Handling Standard Begins May 25

October 12
00:00 2010


By Dick Callahan

March 12, 1986 FIN – If you’re in the business of producing fasteners, it’s time to ask your plant people if they’re busy getting things in shape for May 25, 1986.

Why? Because that’s the date that companies are expected to be compliance with the OSHA Hazard Communications Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.1200) which mandates procedures that must be followed in regards to the handling of hazardous materials, the providing and training of employees involved with those materials, the gathering and distribution of data sheets about hazardous materials; and in-plant labeling requirements.

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard issued under the Reagan Administration applies to any chemical or combination of chemicals know to be present in the workplace to which employees may be exposed under normal conditions of use or in a foreseeable emergency. This includes, but is not limited to, solvents, cutting fluids, acids, buffing compounds, compressed gas containers and paints.

The Standard also covers all materials commonly machined in the precision metalworking industry and scrap from that material destined for recycling.

If you put off getting ready to comply with this new OSHA standard, not to worry. The Industrial Fastener Institute has a model Hazard Communication Program, which takes you step by step through the procedures (including record keeping) necessary to be in compliance.

To give credit where credit is due, the program was developed by the following representatives from IFI’s Plant Manager Section: Ken Kriebel (Chairman) of RB&W; Doug Miller of Lake Erie Screw; Dan Sedlak of Auto Bolt & Nut; Leo McNeeley of Cuyahoga Bolt & Screw; and Ed Oswald of Towne Robinson.

FIN has had an opportunity to examine the IFI program (including a binder that is designed to hold all relevant data sheets) and we think that what they’ve developed is not only a tremendous aid to manufacturers but one that for a very modest cost can save thousands of dollars and long hours that would be necessary if it were not available.

Cost of the program for IFI members is $50 for the first copy of the manual (including UPS delivery) and $20 each for additional copies. For non-members the cost of the first copy is $100 and $40 for each additional copy.  ©1986/2010 Fastener Industry News



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