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Are You Manufacturing ENDS Products? Then You Need To Know About OSHA

With so much talk about the FDA today, I see people forgetting about another crucial regulatory body that may be more likely to visit your facility (and report a problem).

That Regulatory body is called OSHA.

OSHA is responsible for keeping workers safe from hazards at a production facility.

Every type of ENDS production facility has hazards. This means it also has an OSHA responsibility to its workers and employees.

Accidents can happen during any aspect of the production process:
Equipment can become jammed or fail
There can be airborne toxins
Are You Manufacturing ENDS Products? Then You Need To Know About OSHA

With so much talk about the FDA today, I see people forgetting about another crucial regulatory body that may be more likely to visit your facility (and report a problem).

That Regulatory body is called OSHA.

OSHA is responsible for keeping workers safe from hazards at a production facility.

Every type of ENDS production facility has hazards. This means it also has an OSHA responsibility to its workers and employees.

Accidents can happen during any aspect of the production process:

  • Equipment can become jammed or fail
  • There can be airborne toxins
  • Workers may forget to wear gloves or lab coats
  • Toxic raw material may be exposed to a worker

The FDA isn’t necessarily concerned with these things… but OSHA is! As a manufacturer, you need to protect your workers according to OSHA guidelines.

OSHA stands for “Occupational Safety and Health Administration”

Both OSHA and ANSI involve a set of requirements for laboratories, production facilities, and factories to have proper safety equipment and written standards in place to handle accidents and incidents.

OSHA is in place for the safety of every worker in our country. Under OSHA guidelines, any worker who has been exposed to dangerous or harmful materials needs to have access to an emergency station where they can wash their skin quickly, or flush out their eyes.

A first aid kit is also required. You’ll need to check for the requirements, based on number of workers at your facility. Smaller plants may suffice with a Level I kit, while a facility of 100 or more workers may require a Level III kit that includes AED, oxygen, and other life-supporting equipment.

 

Do You Have The Proper Eyewash Station?

Just like the FDA, it’s possible that OSHA may ask to inspect your facility and take a look at your eyewash station.

ANSI standard A358.1 defines what makes an appropriate eyewash and safety shower station:

  • Has been designed strictly for the eyes, with a low flow water requirement of 0.4 gpm at 30 psi.
  • The nozzle must be six inches away from other objects on the wall or surrounding area.
  • Must be mounted at 33 to 45 inches from the ground.
  • Must have a gauge on the eyewash that tests the flow pattern.
  • Must be able to flow for at least fifteen minutes
  • Must be connected to your building’s plumbing structure

Do You Have The Proper Safety Shower?

Here’s the requirements for a proper safety shower:

  • Must produce 29 gallons per minute (gpm) at 30 psi.
  • Must be installed at about 82 to 96 inches from the floor, and at least 16 inches away from other objects.
  • Must be able to flow for at least fifteen minutes
  • Must be connected to your building’s plumbing structure

It’s important to install proper safety equipment to OSHA requirements. There are smaller eyewashes that are essentially a plastic bottle, but these are meant for offices or small businesses that have a small element of risk.

Other OSHA Requirements

There are also other requirements. If your plant has extreme temperatures, your safety equipment may need to be protected from heat or cold. It may also need to be stored in corrosion-resistant materials. This equipment also needs to be regularly examined and checked.

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Monica Schick

Vape industry blog, focusing on upcoming vape compliance. All statements are opinions of NGS.


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