Managing Regulatory Burdens

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hazardous materials can be found at virtually every construction project in the United States. Surprisingly to some, a brick is considered a hazardous material under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication regulations as a source of crystalline silica if cut or sawed.

Primer purchased at the local hardware store is a flammable liquid to a highway patrol officer enforcing U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Transportation of flammable liquids can entail preparation of hazardous material shipping papers, availability of spill response information and a driver trained and certified as a hazmat employee-even if the transport vehicle is a pick-up truck.

Potential employee exposure to any hazardous material triggers a written 'HazCom' plan, according to OSHA requirements, including a hazardous material inventory, employee training and immediate availability of material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous product-including the brick.

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