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Monitoring Procedures & Equipment

Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many different types of job sites. OSHA makes it very important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly. OSHA mandates that anyone working with these substances must receive comprehensive training in this area. In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to regulate the handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave." Since then other regulations have followed, including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials. Our training products on HAZWOPER: Monitoring Procedures and Equipment discuss the importance of detecting hazardous materials, as well as the equipment and procedures used in the process.

In developing the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), standards has been set specifically for the development of worker safety and health policies. In order to meet this objective, the Department of Labor Occupational and Health Administration developed standards that provide for “monitoring or measuring employee exposure” to hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This is not limited to gases and vapors but also includes hazardous dusts and aerosols. In addition, employers must “make, keep and preserve records” of this monitoring for availability to the Secretary of Labor. Also each employee or former employee must have access to the records that indicate their exposure to toxic materials or harmful physical agents.

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