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equip each employee with an early
warning signal and the ability to
detect the presence of a hazardous
chemical they may be exposed to.

FORMAL EMERGENCY PLAN

As emergencies arise, it is important
for all employers to have a formal emergency plan in place that covers any possible scenario. A thorough emergency
plan usually includes an incident commander and company protocols for
contacting the local rescue departments
and internal departments. It should also
include specific information to be given
to the emergency responders, including
the nature of the emergency, the type of
rescue that is needed and procedures
for safeguarding the affected area and
muster points. Attendance should be
taken at the muster point to account for
all personnel. Keep in mind that every
chemical has different properties and
hazards; it is important that you are
prepared to handle any hazard present. Have spill kits located in strategic
areas so that you are ready to respond
when an incident arises. It is extremely

important to conduct drills with your
employees so that handling emergencies
becomes routine.

POOL CHEMICAL STORAGE

Storage of pool and spa chemicals
is governed by local, state and federal
laws  and regulations, local fire and
building codes and NFPA codes and
standards. Start with the Safety Data
Sheet; it will list the storage requirements and precautions for the specific
chemicals you have in your warehouse.
Housekeeping is imperative in your
chemical storage area, as well as fire
protection and rotating your stock (the
oldest goes out first). Here are some
things to remember:
*	 Non-smoking	 areas	 should	 be	
observed
*	 Regulate	temperatures
*	 Ventilation
*	 Never	store	oxidizers	near	acids
*	 Do	not	store	liquids	above	powders	
or solids
*	 Store	chemicals	in	original	containers
*	 Follow	disposal	guidelines	found	in	
the SDS.

Remember, chemical safety is a program that starts with top-level management and trickles down throughout the
entire workforce at all levels. Training,
support and enforcement are key components of these programs. |
Jason J. Karamanol, ASP,
CHST, CRIS, RRE, is risk
control consulting director
with CNA Insurance in
New Jersey.

REFERENCES
1. EPA 550-f-01-003 March 2001 http://www2.
epa.gov/sites/production/files/2013-11/documents/spalert.pdf
2. EPA 550-f-01-003 March 2001 http://www2.
epa.gov/sites/production/files/2013-11/documents/spalert.pdf
3. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200(g) Hazard
Communication Standard
Disclaimer: Any examples in this article are
for illustrative purposes only. This material
is not intended to establish any standards of
care, to serve as legal advice appropriate for
any particular factual situations, or to provide
an acknowledgement that any given factual
situation is covered under any CNA insurance
policy. CNA is a registered trademark of CNA
Financial Corporation. Copyright © 2014 CNA.
All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Edge - Q3, 2015

The President’s Message
Website Rankings
Costing Out the Job
Project Focus: Vincent Pools
Selling Shade
When to Call a Soil Engineer
Pool Chemical Safety and Storage for Retailers
Index of Advertisers

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