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|Title: 01/15/1986 - Coverage of steel, aluminum, and other metals under the Hazard Communication Standard.|
|Record Type: Interpretation||Standard Number: 1910.1200|
January 15, 1986|
Mr. Warren Podolske
Dear Mr. Podolske:
President Reagan has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to respond to your letter of November 8, 1985, concerning the coverage of steel, aluminum, and other metals under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Please accept my apology for the delay in response.
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If through this evaluation (see 29 CFR 1910.1200(d)) it is determined that a product does contain hazardous chemicals which may be released during its use, then the product is covered by the HCS and proper labels and MSDS must be transmitted. If this is not the case, however, the product may meet the standard's definition of an article: "a manufactured item: (i) which is formed to a specific shape or design during manufacture; (ii) which has end use function(s) dependent in whole or in part upon its shape or design during end use; and (iii) which does not release, or otherwise result in exposure to, a hazardous chemical under normal conditions of use."
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John B. Miles, Jr., Director
Directorate of Field Operations
November 8, 1985|
Dear Mr. President:
Accordingly, safety data sheets must be sent by us to each customer with each order of stampings or fabrications.
We are a job shop which basically shears, punches and forms these materials to our customer's specifications. We are also familiar with procedures for handling hazardous chemicals such as 1,1,1- trichloroethane in degreasers.
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Even a cursory investigation by your staff should indicate the major amendments common sense would dictate.
We have always complied with every real health and safety regulation to the best of our ability and knowledge, but we feel that this present standard is not going to protect anyone - rather the voluminous reports will bury the now important safety data sheets coming in.
Please give this important matter your earliest possible attention.
Very truly yours,
MILWAUKEE METAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
By Warren Podolske, President
The official, public domain, OSHA version of this document is available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=19367&p_text_version=FALSE