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Preventing Chemical Accidents:  Understanding MSDS’s & Assessing Chemical Hazards

Preventing Chemical Accidents

Unexpected releases of highly hazardous toxic, reactive, or flammable chemicals create the possibility of a disaster for workers, employers, and communities.

OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard helps prevent accidental releases of highly hazardous chemicals, thus protecting employees, as well as plant neighbors.

Effective worker training about PSM helps achieve safer, healthier, and more productive workplaces.

In New Jersey, PSM regulates approximately 100 facilities, including certain chemical plants, oil refineries, food processors, electric utilities, warehouses, and public and private sector water and sewage treatment operations.  PSM may also cover other types of facilities. PSM has special provisions for contractors working in covered facilities.

WEC’s training curriculum covers key aspects of the PSM standard. Training introduces the concept of systems of safety and accident prevention and why facilities should establish an organizational structure to oversee PSM implementation. WEC addresses OSHA’s performance-based requirements for a plant “mechanical integrity” program. Training also covers accident, incident, and near-miss investigations, focusing on root causes.  WEC also can provide training on related subjects, such as the New Jersey Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act (TCPA), employer and worker/union rights to participate during OSHA and TCPA inspections, and development of effective labor-management safety and health committees.

For more information, contact:

Denise Patel, PSM Outreach Coordinator

WEC, 142 West State St, Third Floor

Trenton, NJ 08608

Call: (609) 695-7100, Extension 305

Fax: (609) 695-4200

E-Mail: dpatel@njwec.org


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