Golf Course Management

OCT 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

Issue link: http://gcmdigital.gcsaa.org/i/178551

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 39 of 129

THE INSIDER: environment Jennifer H. Lawless, CSP Getting on par with updated OSHA standard Having highly skilled workers for the kinds of highly skilled jobs performed by golf course crews means that they have the technical knowledge and savvy to do the job well while also having a good understanding of how to properly protect themselves from workplace hazards from the various chemicals in use. NEWS & notes The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a Web-based tool, called ChemView, to significantly improve access to chemical-specific regulatory information developed by EPA and data submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The ChemView Web tool displays key health and safety data in an online format that allows comparison of chemicals by use and by health or environmental effects. In the months ahead, EPA will be continuously updating the tool with additional chemicals, functionality and links. When fully updated, the Web tool will contain data for thousands of chemicals. EPA has incorporated stakeholder input into the design and welcomes feedback on the current site. View and search ChemView at www.epa.gov/chemview. 36 GCM October 2013 Even though golf course and landscaping work is done mostly outdoors, it is still a workplace with employees, which requires compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. One of the most important OSHA standards is the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). This standard has existed since 1983 and has included coverage of all industries where employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals since January 1989. This standard requires the employer to communicate with and train employees on the hazards of chemicals used in the workplace. In March 2012, OSHA aligned the existing Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System for the Classifcation and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). With this recent update, the OSHA standard that gave workers the right to know about chemical hazards in the workplace now requires providing uniform information on chemicals to help workers understand these hazards. Changes to the HCS include how chemicals are labeled, the format of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) — formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) — and how chemical hazards are identifed. Golf course personnel may already be seeing some changes to chemical labels and SDS for chemicals that are coming into their facility. There are a number of implementation dates for the different parts of the updated HCS. Employers are required to train employees on the new labeling elements and on the new 16-section SDS format by Dec. 1, 2013. Resources that may aid in this training can be found by visiting the OSHA Hazard Communication website, www. osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html. The high- lights box on the right side of the webpage provides links to QuickCards, Fact Sheets and other materials that can be downloaded and printed for use in training. Many of these guidance products are available in both English and Spanish. It is always best to use these OSHA guidance documents as a supplement to training. Training on the actual chemical labels and SDS used in the workplace makes the training more understandable for employees. Remember, training needs to be effective and must be provided in a manner and language that employees understand. For golf course personnel who apply pesticides, it is important to know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked with OSHA to ensure that the information required by both agencies would be provided to employees working with pesticides. EPA developed and issued a Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN 2012-1) to address the EPA's Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requirements so that they do not confict with OSHA's HCS requirements. Pesticides in the workplace must be labeled to comply with EPA's FIFRA requirements, while the SDSs must comply with OSHA's HCS. The labeling and SDS for all other non-pesticide chemicals used at golf courses must also comply with the HCS. For more information about the HCS and its training requirements, please view the HCS webinar presented by OSHA at https://citrix. webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1009539. GCM Jennifer Lawless, CSP, is an industrial hygienist with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Offce of Chemical Hazards in Washington, D.C.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Golf Course Management - OCT 2013