Hazardous Substance Substitution Plan

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: March 15th, 2012
Topics: Airborne Contaminants | HazCom |

THE PROBLEM:

Employers have a duty to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. Although labels, MSDSs and PPE all help, one of the best ways to protect workers is by eliminating the hazardous substitutes and replacing them with safer alternatives, which are often also environmentally friendly. But you must be careful not to create new hazards when making substitutions.

HOW THIS TOOL HELPS SOLVE THE PROBLEM:

Use this checklist, which comes from the British HSE—the UK equivalent of OSHA—to work through a seven-step plan for safely substituting other substances for hazardous substances in your workplace.

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