Rick Communication

Subject: Rick Communication
From: Dave Versdahl <murbles -at- HALCYON -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 03:36:50 -0700

The State of Washington has a law entitled The Hazard Communication Act that
specifically requires any company working with materials or substances potentially
hazardous let everyone know just what those materials are and how any emergencies will
be handled should something untoward arise. "Everyone" includes, the staff, the Local
Emercency Planning Council, and anyone else who has a stake in public safety. Those
records are supposed to be made available to the public upon request. In addition, in
the appropriate CFRs, you will find more specific references to this matter. These rules
apply across state lines. Many states have their own laws regarding the dissemination
of information in the workplace and about working with hazardous chemicals and other
materials. As was mentioned in another post, an MSDS (required with the delivery of the
product) is a great place to begin.
Hazards in the workplace are no light matter. EVERY firm has some (look at the MSDS for
whiteout) and any company with an ounce of concern for its staff will take precautions
from the moment any potentially hazardous material arrives. So long as they are aware
of its existance.
That awareness depends, in large part, upon us does it not?

Dave Versdahl
murbles -at- halcyon -dot- com

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