4 Things You Need to Know About Safety Data Sheets

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Safety Data Sheets For Employers

Safety Data Sheets are often overlooked for companies and workers in and around construction projects. Working in the construction industry comes with hazards, some more obvious than others. Individuals completing work in construction are often tasked with handling a variety of materials, some of which can be dangerous if improperly used.

Has it been a while since you last updated your chemical inventory and verified your employees have access to the most current Safety Data Sheets?
Safety Data Sheets provide readily accessible information about the hazardous chemicals and substances at their workplace. This includes the chemical properties, hazards, protective measures, and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting. Safety data sheets are designed to ensure the safety of workers and the protection of the environment.

Do your employees know what Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are and how to access them?

Employers must have SDSs available for all potentially hazardous products employees may encounter on-site, including grout, glues, cleaners, sealants, adhesives, plaster, concrete mix, paint, insulation, and more. Various chemicals may be used in construction, with individual subcontractors also having SDSs for their products. Regardless of the source, SDSs must be readily accessible to all workers through binders on-site or electronic access methods.

Did You Know?
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that exposures to chemicals used for large-scale cleaning account for approximately 860,000 occupational illnesses and 60,000 deaths every year. 

Here’s what you need to know about SDS:

  1. Create and update a list of your company’s commonly used chemical products.
  2. Ensure you have updated SDSs for each chemical product you use at the company.
  3. Incorporate SDS information into your annual Right to Know/Hazard Communication training.
  4. Review SDSs annually to ensure that the most current SDS is in your SDS binder.

 Please reach out to TBG Safety Services for an SDS toolbox talk or assistance with SDSs at your company!

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Upcoming Training Opportunities

Please get in touch with your TBG Safety Services Representative to schedule any safety training you’d like your organization to receive. You can also visit the TBG Safety Training Calendar for upcoming training opportunities.

Reasonable Suspicion Training 
September 21 | Online

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Oct 31 & Nov 1 | TBG Office

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As your partner for working safer and smarter to be more profitable, we at the TBG Safety Service Association are committed to bringing your organization more resources that benefit everyone.

Thanks to the new TBG Safety Service Association, we are now offering each TBG member two free seats per year and lower member pricing for our
OSHA-10 training!

Members are jointly and severally liable for their proportionate share of obligations for the group and will be assessed on an individual and proportionate share basis for any deficit created by the group.
Dividends are not guaranteed. 

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