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Industry Notes WORKER SAFETY other chemical unless adequate engineering con- EASE Council Publishes trols are in place and PPE is used,” says CI Vice President Shane Fast. “Accidental mixing may Ergonomic Guidelines for cause dangerous conditions that could result in Manual Materials Handling injury to people and damage to property or the Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment environment.” (EASE) Industry Group of the Material Han- The chart addresses incompatible materials such dling Industry of America (MHIA) has pub- as acids and acidic compounds; chemicals and lished the 68-page Ergonomic Guidelines for cleaning compounds containing ammonia; organic Manual Material Handling. The book is the result chemicals and chemical compounds; metals; hydro- of a partnership between EASE, Cal/OSHA, gen peroxide; reducing agents; and oxidizing CNA Insurance Cos. and NIOSH. agents. The chart also mentions that sodium hypo- The guidelines focus on high-risk materials chlorite should not handling tasks and describe ways to reduce be exposed directly their physical demands such as: to sunlight or ultra- •eliminating lifting from the floor and violet light. Fast using simple transport devices such as carts says that accidental or dollies; mixing may occur •using lift-assist devices such as scissor in drains, sinks, The ergo- lift tables, load levelers or industrial tilters; warehouse storage nomic guidelines for •using equipment such as powered stackers, units and contain- materials handling manipulators, hoists, cranes or vacuum assist devices; ment systems. “The focus on high-risk •using vertical or horizontal carousels to elimi- chart covers the tasks and ways to nate walking and carrying loads; more common industrial chemicals where incom- reduce their physical •selecting equipment based on analysis of work- patible mixing can occur, and explains briefly the demands. stations and work flow. potential hazards that can result. It is intended pri- The document is available as a free download marily for industrial sodium hypochlorite users,” (after creating an online account with MHIA) at he says. www.mhia.org/bookstore. To view the chart, visit www.cholrineinstitute .org, click on “About Chemical Stewardship,” then MINE SAFETY from the drop-down menu select “Sodium Hypo- Mine Safety Training Center chlorite Stewardship.” Opens in Ohio The Ohio Department of Natural Resources CHEMICAL SAFETY (ODNR) opened its Mine Safety Training Center, European Experts Weigh In which provides lifesaving training for Ohio miners, local first responders and others who conduct on Emerging Chemical Risks A new report from the Eur
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