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RE: Hazardous Chemicals &
The Public's Right to Know

Dear Website Customer:

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in a sea of government rules and regulations? I do! Many times, I've heard myself commenting that it was a lot easier to do business 20 years ago. Yes, it was easier, but it wasn't always safer for everyone, so a lot of regulatory action has been taken to help insure our safety and good health.

Among those actions was the U. S. Congress' passage in October, 1986, of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act(EPCRA). EPCRA allows each of us the right to know what hazardous materials are present in our community. It also gives us, as employers, certain responsibilities which have been spelled out in OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom).

Our obligation as business owners and employers has four major elements of compliance:

    MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS - MSDSs provide details about chemical identification, physical dangers, safety pecautions, and emergency response procedures. We are required to keep a MSDS on every hazardous substance we use. Suppliers are required to give an MSDS with every azardous substance they sell.

    LABELS - All hazardous products must have a label identifying them with appropriate hazard warnings. This only pertains to businesses selling products with hazardous chemical components.

    EMPLOYEE TRAINING - In order to make employees aware of what they are working with, they must be told how to spot hazards, the physical and health hazards of a particular chemical, how to protect themselves, what to do in an emergency, and the location of the company's written HazCom program.

    WRITTEN HAZARD COMMUNICATION PROGRAM - The written program is a description of everything the company is doing to comply with Hazcom. This program must be made available to employees should they ask to see it.

Due to the nature of our business we have in our office or can readily obtain additional information on hazardous products, including Texas' listing of 360 Extremely Hazardous Substances and a sample Hazard Communication Program. Should you be interested in further information, please call me at (214)631-1010. I'd like to hear from you!

Sincerely,

KAHN MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS

Ann R. Kahn

TACL A370C

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