(1) Effectively communicate the hazards of inorganic arsenic by doing both of the following:
• Keep container labels free of statements that contradict or detract from the labels' hazard warning.
|Note: ||You may use labels required by other laws, rules, or ordinances in addition to, or in combination with, labels required by this section. |
• Make sure shipping containers, storage containers, and products containing inorganic arsenic are labeled, tagged, or marked with this warning:
Contains Inorganic Arsenic
Harmful if Inhaled or Swallowed
Use Only with Adequate Ventilation
|Note: ||• You should keep containers tightly covered when not in use to help prevent unnecessary exposure and accidental spills. |
| ||• Contaminated items should be handled and disposed of to prevent further exposure in the workplace. For example, vacuuming or wet wiping contaminated equipment helps prevent the release of dust into the air. |
|Reference: ||• Additional requirements are found in other chapters: |
| ||– For spills, leaks, or other releases, go to Emergency response, chapter 296-824 WAC. |
| ||– For labeling go to: |
| ||• The Safety and health core rules, chapter 296-800 WAC, and find the section, Label containers holding hazardous chemicals, WAC 296-800-17025; |
| ||AND |
| ||• Material safety data sheet and label preparation, chapter 296-839 WAC. |
(2) Establish safe and effective housekeeping and maintenance practices by doing all the following:
• Develop and keep a written housekeeping and maintenance plan that lists appropriate frequencies for:
– Housekeeping operations; AND
– Cleaning and maintaining dust collection equipment.
• Keep surfaces free of accumulations of inorganic arsenic, to the degree feasible.
• When cleaning floors and other accessible surfaces:
– Use vacuuming or other cleaning methods that minimize the release of inorganic arsenic into the air.
– Do not use compressed air.
– Select vacuums that have high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
– Use and empty vacuums in a way that minimizes the release of inorganic arsenic back into the workplace.
|Note: ||• Shoveling or brushing may be used only when vacuuming or other cleaning methods have not been effective. |
| ||• Using non-HEPA vacuums will increase inorganic arsenic contamination in air and on area surfaces. |
• Maintain ventilation systems, including dust collection equipment, to make sure they are effective. Do all of the following:
– Perform periodic inspections for effectiveness.
– Periodically clean the equipment.
– Keep a note of the most recent inspection for effectiveness, and cleaning or maintenance.
(3) Prevent eye or skin contact with:
• Arsenic trichloride; AND
• Liquid or particulate forms of inorganic arsenic when contact could cause eye or skin irritation.
|Note: ||Arsenic trichloride is corrosive and can be quickly absorbed through skin. |
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. 05-01-173, § 296-848-20010, filed 12/21/04, effective 5/1/05.]