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OSHA Training Requirements - Cadmium

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1910.1027 – Cadmium

(d)(5) – “Employee Notification of Monitoring Results.”

(i) The employer must, within 15 working days after the receipt of the results of any monitoring performed under this section, notify each affected employee of these results either individually in writing or by posting the results in an appropriate location that is accessible to employees.

(ii) Wherever monitoring results indicate that employee exposure exceeds the PEL, the employer shall include in the written notice a statement that the PEL has been exceeded and a description of the corrective action being taken by the employer to reduce employee exposure to or below the PEL.

(g)(2)(i) – The employer must implement a respiratory protection program in accordance with § 1910.134(b) through (d) (except (d)(1)(iii)), and (f) through (m), which covers each employee required by this section to use a respirator.

(i)(3)(v) – The employer shall inform any person who launders or cleans protective clothing or equipment contaminated with cadmium of the potentially harmful effects of exposure to cadmium and that the clothing and equipment should be laundered or cleaned in a manner to effectively prevent the release of airborne cadmium in excess of the PEL.

(m) – “Communication of cadmium hazards to employees.”

(1) – “General.” In communications concerning cadmium hazards, employers shall comply with the requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200, including but not limited to the requirements concerning warning signs and labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and employee information and training. In addition, employers shall comply with the following requirements:

(4) – “Employee information and training.”

(i) The employer shall train each employee who is potentially exposed to cadmium in accordance with the requirements of this section. The employer shall institute a training program, ensure employee participation in the program, and maintain a record of the contents of such program.

(ii) Training shall be provided prior to or at the time of initial assignment to a job involving potential exposure to cadmium and at least annually thereafter.

(iii) The employer shall make the training program understandable to the employee and shall assure that each employee is informed of the following:

(A) – The health hazards associated with cadmium exposure, with special attention to the information incorporated in Appendix A to this section;

(B) – The quantity, location, manner of use, release, and storage of cadmium in the workplace and the specific nature of operations that could result in exposure to cadmium, especially exposures above the PEL;

(C) – The engineering controls and work practices associated with the employee’s job assignment;

(D) – The measures employees can take to protect themselves from exposure to cadmium, including modification of such habits as smoking and personal hygiene, and specific procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure to cadmium such as appropriate work practices, emergency procedures, and the provision of personal protective equipment;

(E) – The purpose, proper selection, fitting, proper use, and limitations of respirators and protective clothing;

(F) – The purpose and a description of the medical surveillance program required by paragraph (l) of this standard;

(G) – The contents of this section and its appendices, and,

(H) – The employee’s rights of access to records under 1910.1020(e) and (g).

(o)(1) – “Employee observation.” The employer shall provide affected employees or their designated representatives an opportunity to observe any monitoring of employee exposure to cadmium.

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