Why Pressure Washing Contractors Should Comply
It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but failing to abide by the law can land a company in serious hot water. Legally, the Department of Transportation can stop any commercial vehicle and ask to see the MSDS sheets. Failing to produce them can result in the vehicle being impounded and heavy fees being levied against the business.
Perhaps more importantly, is the very real possibility of someone accidentally exposing himself or herself to a harmful substance. Pressure washers produce overspray or back-spray that could carry cleaning agents into someone's eyes, nose, mouth, or on their skin. If medical attention is needed, it is extremely helpful to know exactly what ingredient someone was exposed to.
How to Implement a Program
Implementing a Hazard Safety Communications program isn't difficult. MSDS sheets are provided free of charge from distributors. If the seller is a retail operation, then they should be able to provide the telephone number of the manufacturer. Obtaining it in this manner is also free.
They can be copied and stored in vinyl covers, then compiled into a three ring binder. The notebooks should be kept inside of each vehicle that is involved with the company. It needs to be periodically updated to ensure the most current information is on hand.
Employees should be given a written notice as to the location of the binder. In addition, a simple training plan can address each risk element and the location of protective equipment. Emergency procedures should be reviewed in detail, along with the procedure they should use for reporting accidents to the business owner.
Compliance with this law may seem like a hassle, but it is something that is worth doing. Think of it as being a bit like buying insurance. A pressure washing professional may never have the need for it, but they are protected if they do.