Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards/Transportation of mixed chemicals in work truck
Hello. I travel in a work truck and have all me chemicals in one bin. I have spray paint cans, wd 40, grease, 1 gallon gas container, glue, paint removal solvent, glass cleaner. Is their a OSHA regulation that I carry MSDS sheets for each type chemical and what regulation number requires me to carry the sheets?
Subject: Transportation of mixed chemicals in work truck
Question: Hello, I travel in a work truck and have all me chemicals in one bin. I have spray paint cans, wd 40, grease, 1 gallon gas container, glue, paint removal solvent, glass cleaner. Is there a OSHA regulation that I carry MSDS sheets for each type chemical and what regulation number requires me to carry the sheets?
Answer: Vincent, I see by your location listing you are concerned about situations in California. (I also believe this is a second question and if so much of my answer will duplicate the other response). This makes a very large difference as California has made the choice to have their own safety and health program instead of leaving the matter to the federal government. Under the federal plan the making and enforcing of rules is covered under OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and in California it is CalOsha (listed as different spellings, i.e. Cal-Osha, CAL - OSHA, Cal OSHA etc.) Having worked for a company with several plants in California I can say that the rules in California are slightly different than under the federal OSHA program and are usually more strict than the federal rules. I do not keep current with the California regulations now that I am retired but can tell you that they are the best source of what specifically the requirements are for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when working with fiberglass. The employees of Cal OSHA are in my experience are usually most happy to assist in determining which specific regulations apply. (Be prepared with much more information than included in your request to me to include the type of fiberglass cut, the specific type of cutting tool, type of ventilation at the work site, any dust collection system used, the frequency and duration of the operation, etc. and if possible a photo of the area in which the operation takes place. Granted these are the same people that can cite and fine employers but they would much prefer to assist through "voluntary" compliance and have helped me a number of times over the years.) Cal OSHA offices can be located by the following:
(search for the nearest office based on your zip code)
(for a listing of all offices)
If you would prefer to find the specific regulations that apply you could go to:
- Title 8 regulations - Table of Contents (a listing of the "OSHA" codes adopted by California.) (And in my opinion just as hard to use.)
Based on my personal experience I would recommend that the work truck should have a full and complete set of MSDS's for all materials found in the truck (yes, I would include the fuel and any motor oils). That also does include material even in a small tube such as a specialized grease. (As with many programs this can be carried to extremes that some would consider ridiculous - walk into a lumber yard and ask for a MSDS on 2 x 4's or sheets of plywood. You might be surprised but many timber companies do provide such.) I would most likely set these up in a binder so they would readily be available in the event of an emergency. The factor to remember is that the MSDS's must be readily available to any/all employees. Thus having the sheets in a binder in the truck is the easiest way to comply. And yes, I realize that to maintain the binder in a current state is time and effort consuming process but one that must be done in such a manner that it is current.
Again I emphasize the involvement of the compliance people (does not include inviting them to the work site) to help determine the appropriate safeguards. They are the individuals that can cite and are charged with enforcing the rules but they also can be of great assistance if asked. I hope this provides enough information to assist in solving your problem. If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to ask.
Michael Brown, CSP Retired