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Toxins

Handling and Disposal of Toxic Materials

Leaded and Unleaded Gasoline: (clear colored liquid; gasoline hydrocarbon odor)

Eye contact flush with clear water for 15 minutes or until irritation subsides. If irritation persists, call a physician.
Skin contact remove any contaminated clothing and wash skin with soap and water.
Inhalations if overcome from exposure, remove from exposure and call a physician immediately. If breathing is irregular or has stopped, start resuscitation, administer oxygen if available.
Fire and explosion hazard extremely flammable, vapors can explode.
Extinguishing and fire fighting procedures foam, water spray, dry chemical, carbon dioxide and vaporizing liquid-type extinguishers may all be helpful depending on size and situation.
Empty container hazard empty containers may contain vapors which can bum or explode when heated or damaged.
Spill or lead procedures shut off and eliminate all ignition sources; keep people away; recover free product; add sand, earth or other suitable absorbent to spill area; keep from entering sewage or drainage areas; open doors and windows for ventilation if indoors.
Protection and precautions provide proper ventilation; no smoking in storage areas or when handling or filling tanks; use chemical-resistant gloves if needed; use splash goggles; keep containers closed when not in use; do not handle or store near flames or other heat sources; for use a motor fuel only; do not use as a cleaning solvent or thinner or for other non-motor fuel uses; do not siphon by mouth; minute amounts of liquid gasoline aspirated into the lungs may cause potentially fatal chemical pneumonitis.

Diesel: clear liquid, yellow color, faint petroleum hydrocarbon odor

Eye contact flush with clear water for 15 minutes or until irritation subsides; if irritation persists, call a physician.
Skin contact remove any contaminated clothing and wash skin with soap and water.
Inhalation vapor inhalation under normal conditions is usually not a problem; if overcome by vapor from hot product, remove from exposure and call a physician immediately; if breathing is irregular or has stopped, start resuscitation and administer oxygen if available.
Ingestion if ingested do not induce vomiting; call a physician immediately.
Fire and explosion hazard flash point minimum.
Extinguishing and fire-fighting procedures foam, water spray, dry chemical, carbon dioxide and vaporizing liquid type extinguishing agents may all be suitable depending on size and situation.
Empty container hazard empty containers may contain vapors which can bum or explode when heated or damaged.
Spill or leak procedures shut off and eliminate all ignition sources; keep people away; recover spilled product; add sand, earth or other suitable absorbent to spill area; keep from entering sewage or drainage areas; open doors and windows for ventilation if indoors.
Protection and precautions provide proper ventilation; no smoking in storage areas or when handling or filling tanks; use chemical resistant gloves if needed; use splash goggles if needed; keep containers closed when not in use; do not handle or store near flames or other heat source.

Antifreeze–ethylene glycol base: various colors: green, red, blue

Eye contact irrigate with water for five minutes; medical consultation if irritation persists.
Skin contact wash with soap and water.
Inhalation remove to fresh air if effects occur; consult physician if problems occur.
Ingestion toxic by ingestion; induce vomiting immediately; call a physician or transport to emergency facility.

Automatic transmission and power steering fluid: red liquid, slight odor

Eye or skin contact flush with water.

Engine oil: light to dark brown color

Eye or skin contact flush with water.
Disposal of materials used oil should be dumped into specially marked black barrel for reclamation/ recycling; thinner and other residues should be dumped into the specially marked red barrel for disposal.

Liquid bleach: clear liquid, bleach odor

Eye contact flush with clear water for 15 minutes; get prompt medical attention.
Skin contact remove any contaminated clothing and wash skin with soap and water.
Inhalation if overcome from exposure remove from exposure and call a physician immediately; if breathing is irregular or has stopped, start resuscitation and admiister oxygen if available.
Ingestion if ingested, do not induce vomiting; call physician immediately; drink large quantities of water; do not drink vinegar or other acids.
Disinfectant Neutral: green liquid
Eye contact flush with clear water for 15 minutes; get prompt medical attention.
Skin contact remove contaminated clothing and wash skin with soap and water.
Inhalation if overcome from exposure remove from exposure and call a physician immediately; if breathing is irregular or has stopped, start resuscitation and administer oxygen if available.
Ingestion if ingested, promptly drink a large quantity of egg whites or gelatin solution, or if these are not available, drink large quantities of water; call physician or hospital immediately..

Hazard Communications Program

The primary purpose of the written Hazards Communications Program is to inform you, the employee, how Big Cat Rescue plans to meet chemical identification requirements, container labeling of hazardous chemicals, providing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and program training.

INVENTORY OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

Big Cat Rescue will keep an updated list of hazardous chemicals. This list is organized by area of use and contains the chemical name, common name if applicable, usage information, classification and MSDS of each hazardous chemical. This list will be updated whenever a new chemical is introduced or at the annual review. Copies of the appropriate hazardous chemical list are available at the office.

MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS)

Lioness at Big Cat Rescue

Lioness at Big Cat Rescue

The MSDS is considered the most important source document you as the employee have at your disposal for purposes of being informed of hazards concerning the various substances with which you may be in contact. The Material Safety Data Sheet is readily available and accessible for review by any employee as a source document to provide necessary information during any work shift. The MSDS lists chemical name, trade name and all known synonyms; all warnings relative to usage; and cautions against combining with other substances or mixtures. Along with the physical hazards, it also contains all known health hazards associated with its use. Spelled out in a special section you will find how to deal with emergencies where a spill or leak occurs.

If problems arise in obtaining MSDS’s from suppliers, a phone call will be made to verify if an MSDS has been sent. This call will be logged and a letter sent the same day. We will maintain a written record of all our efforts to obtain an MSDS. If these efforts fail to produce an MSDS, the area office of OSHA will be contacted for assistance (1-800-472-2959).

It is understood that an MSDS must be available before a chemical is used.

1. LABELING OR OTHER FORMS OF WARNING

Hazardous chemicals will be identified by one of the methods described below. If more information is required a Material Safety Data Sheet is available (see Material Safety Data Sheet section). Carole Baskin will be in charge of the labeling portion of this program. As part of the chemical survey, all illegible labels will be replaced. If an illegible or unlabeled container is found please notify Carole.

Portable container: When a chemical is transferred from the original container to another, it will be appropriately labeled. The only exception is when a chemical will be used exclusively by the employee making the transfer within his/her shift. Labels applied at this facility will have the chemical identified and hazardous warnings or identification. Follow the example above.

II CONTROLS

  • Contractors who perform work at Big Cat Rescue may be exposed to and/or bring hazardous chemicals into our work environment. During a pre-construction meeting or equivalent, MSDS’s on hazardous chemicals that the contractor is to use will be obtained. Employees in that work area will be apprised of new developments and the MSDS’s reviewed. If the contractor’s work area contains hazardous chemicals, the coordinator will be given a copy of the appropriate MSDS and have our program explained to him. The contractor will sign a release form.
  • Procurements have been instructed that an MSDS must accompany shipment when ordering new chemicals.
  • Besides the training that will be given to all employees, special consideration will be given to new or transferred employees or when new chemicals are introduced. New employees: as part of the orientation program, will receive training as outlined in the training section. Whenever an employee is transferred to a position or work area that has hazardous chemicals different from those in which trained, training will be provided.
  • New hazardous chemicals: whenever the MSDS coordinator receives an updated or new MSDS for a hazardous chemical, the coordinator will determine if additional training is required. If this is the case, all affected employees will be apprised of the changed or new MSDS and review it in a classroom atmosphere.

    III. SPILL CONTROL

    If a hazardous chemical spill occurs at Big Cat Rescue, please call 911.

    IV. CONTAINER DISPOSAL PROCEDURE

    This format is to be used as the minimum standards for disposing of chemical containers: 1) Rubber gloves must be worn at all times when handling chemicals. 2) After a container is empty, fill it half full of water three times and empty into tank to be sprayed. 3) Puncture container at least four times to make sure it will not hold any other liquid. 4) Dispose of container into normal trash area. These rules are minimums! Always work in an open area. Mixing of chemicals will only be done by a licensed applicator.

    V. TRAINING

    ESpeak up for big catsmployees will be provided information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of initial assignment, whenever a new hazardous chemical is introduced into their work area and annually thereafter. Employees of Big Cat Rescue will be advised and informed of the existence of required standards, the location of the written program, hazardous chemical list and the MSDS’s by the Supervisor. Employees exposed to hazardous chemicals in their work area will be trained on each chemical or group of common chemicals. This training will consist of classroom training using the MSDS as the primary teaching aid. Also, the labeling system used will be explained and examples shown. How to handle the chemical and detect its presence will be stressed. Personal protective equipment required by an MSDS will be explained and shown during the classroom training. Supervisors will be similarly trained with additional instruction on how to train employees.

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