Immediately report the accident/incident to your supervisor and immediately report to Occupational Health Services if the accident/incident occurs between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday to complete an Employee Accident/Incident Report. If the accident/incident occurs after hours immediately report to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care.
EHS reviews all occupational injury reports and conducts investigations for cases that fall under the following categories:
- Cases where there may be preventative measures that can be implemented to prevent future injuries to WMC staff.
- Cases that raise questions or require additional information.
- Cases where corrective action needs to be taken to remove a hazard.
- Cases that require further study or job hazard analysis such as ergonomics issues.
- Cases where engineering controls may be implemented to prevent injuries.
- Cases where further staff education or training may be necessary.
All information collected during the investigation is kept confidential and used strictly to help reduce and prevent occupational injuries at WMC.
Refer to the Chemical Hygiene Plan for general information about minimizing exposure to chemicals. EHS can monitor you personally with a film badge or monitoring pump to determine your exposure level. Contact EHS to discuss further.
Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is designed to protect employees from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Besides face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, and safety shoes, PPE includes a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, and respirators.
No. Face shields do not protect from splashes or impact hazards as well as goggles or safety glasses. However, face shields may be used in combination with goggles or safety spectacles for additional protection.
No. Using PPE is often essential, but it is generally the last line of defense after engineering controls, work practices, and administrative controls. Engineering controls involve physically changing a machine or work environment (e.g. use of a chemical hood or biosafety cabinet). Administrative controls involve changing how or when employees do their jobs, such as scheduling work and rotating employees to reduce exposures. Work practices involve training workers how to perform tasks in ways that reduce their exposure to workplace hazards.
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a compilation of information required under the OSHA Hazard Communication standard on the identity of hazardous chemicals, physical and health hazards, exposure limits, precautions, personal protective equipment required when handling the material, and procedures that should be followed in the case of an emergency. The MSDS for a given material is provided by its manufacturer. EHS maintains a MSDS search page to assist in obtaining MSDS's.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has established a recommended exposure limit (REL) for nitrous oxide of 25 parts per million (ppm) and 45 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m(3)) as a time-weighted average (TWA) for the duration of the exposure. In addition, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has assigned nitrous oxide a threshold limit value (TLV) of 50 ppm and (90 mg/m(3)) as a TWA for a normal 8-hour workday and a 40-hour workweek. EHS is available to monitor work areas to determine exposure levels.