Thursday, October 24, 2013

New OSHA Chemical Safety Resource

OSHA has introduced an online toolkit for employers and workers to assist in transitioning to using safer chemicals. The toolkit introduces a 7-step process for transitioning to safer chemical use, and each step is thoroughly outlined on its own webpage, answering questions workers may have and providing additional resources.

The 7 steps are as follows:
  1. Engage. Form a team to develop a plan.
  2. Inventory & Prioritize. Examine current chemical use. 
  3. Identify Alternatives.
  4. Assess & Compare Alternatives.
  5. Select a Safer Alternative.
  6. Test. Pilot the Alternative.
  7. Implement & Evaluate the Alternative.
The toolkit also provides additional information, such as success stories and the basics of informed substitution and alternatives assessment