An article in the American Laundry News about MSDSs and OSHA inspections:

Most of us will never have to deal with a random Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection. But if you do, it’s guaranteed to come at the worst possible time.

I recently took a Caribbean cruise vacation with my wife. My plant manager was off recovering from knee surgery, and a supervisor and several team leaders were left to supervise the healthcare laundry. It was then that OSHA decided to pay a surprise visit.

The inspector introduced herself and showed her identification. Our laundry’s name had come up on a randomly generated list, she said. She requested a tour and the following documentation for review: federal ID number; OSHA’s Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) for 2004, 2005 and 2006; “Lockout-Tagout” program; “Confined Space” program; “Exposure” program; “Safety Compliance” program; and our Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) book.

For the full article, see: Inspections Never Come at Good Time.

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