An online toolkit developed by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides a seven-step process that employers can use to transition to safer chemicals in the workplace.
The toolkit is appropriate for all types of businesses, and workers can use it to better understand chemical use in their workplace. The content is informational only and does not represent a regulation nor alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards.
The kit’s goal is to establish a chemical management system that goes beyond simply complying with OSHA standards. It strives to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards at the source through informed substitution.
In addition to improving worker well-being, employers can experience benefits including cost savings, improved performance, industry leadership and social responsibility. The kit highlights seven steps for transitioning to safer chemicals:
Engage – Form a team to develop a plan
Inventory and Prioritize – Examine current chemical use
Identify – Recognize alternatives
Assess and Compare – Evaluate the variables involved with each alternative
Select – Choose a safer alternative
Test – Pilot the alternative
Evaluate – Implement and measure results of the alternative
It is important to remain up to date on any new alternatives on the market. There may be safer, better performing and less costly options in development that would benefit your business.
To access the OSHA toolkit, go to https://www.osha.gov/dsg/safer_chemicals/index.html.
For assistance in determining the effects of chemical exposure in your workplace, please call Chad Clippard, business liaison, at 573-331-3019.