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Organizing the MSDS Chemical Inventory
Workers suffering from occupational illnesses face significant barriers to accessing benefits within the workers’ compensation system. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workers have the right to know about hazards in the workplace and how to protect themselves. The law also requires employers to make available to workers Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each substance. MSDS provide information about chemical hazards, exposure prevention, and emergency treatment.
However, as this bilingual (English/Spanish) issue of the newsletter Jobsite Inspection Summary demonstrates, workers' rights are often violated and they lack access to this crucial information. The newsletter provides information about organizing MSDS chemical inventories in the workplace. The newsletter also notes that most roofing-waterproofing companies lack readily available MSDS, identifies common safety issues, and provides instructions for setting up workplace MSDS chemical inventories.