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|Title: 02/28/1996 - Hazard Communications Standard.
|Record Type: Interpretation
|Standard Number: 1910.1200
February 28, 1996
Mr. Richard F. Andree, CSP, PE, Ph.D.
326 Greenlawn Road
Greenlawn, New York 11740
Dear Dr. Andree:
Thank you for your letter of December 18, 1995, addressed to the Assistant Secretary of Labor, referring to the Hazard Communications Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). Your letter was forwarded to the Directorate of Technical Support (DTS), Office of Science and Technology Assessment (OSTA) for response. I apologize for the delay in the response, caused by a heavier than normal workload after the Federal Government shutdown.
I will attempt to answer each question in the order they were presented:
Is it required to have the hazard of autoignition / spontaneous combustion identified on the label of products containing Linseed Oil?
According to 29 CFR 1910.1200(f)(1)(i) thru (iii), labels and other forms of warning: the chemical manufacturer, importer, or distributor shall ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals leaving the workplace is labeled, tagged or marked with certain information. In the case of linseed oil and products containing linseed oil, the hazard of autoignition / spontaneous combustion should be included in this information.
Is it required to document in the MSDS of products containing Linseed Oil that the hazard of autoignition / spontaneous combustion exists?
Is it required to document in the MSDS of products containing Linseed Oil appropriate safety instructions for the disposal of material contamination with Linseed Oil?
According to 29 CFR 1910.1200(g), any generally applicable precautions for safe handling and use, which are known to the chemical manufacturer, importer or employer preparing the MSDS should be documented. Documentation should also include appropriate hygienic practices, protective measures during repair and maintenance of contaminated equipment, and procedures for clean-up of spills and leaks. Other documentation calls for the listing of control measures known to the manufacturer such as engineering, work practices, or the use of personal protective equipment.
Safety Emporium carries oily waste and other safety cans that comply with OSHA regulations.
A copy of the standards cited in this letter is enclosed. We hope that the above information is of assistance to you. If we may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mac Arthur Cheeks of OSTA at (202) 219-7056 or write again.
Directorate of Technical Support
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