Material Process Control is the systematic committee review of hazardous materials usage and storage to assure that hazardous materials are being used in a safe manner by all employees.
hazMIN® was perhaps the first software dedicated to this hazardous materials management philosophy, offering a computer-based Material Review Process in 1986. And we have actively made improvements to its functionality ever since.
Companies have recognized the value of reviewing the introduction of a new hazardous material. Usually, this consists of reviewing the SDS and its proposed planned usage.
After evaluating the SDS and its planned usage, the material may then be approved. To ensure that employees are properly trained in the safe use of the material, a training document (SOP) is prepared which outlines safe use and related information.
The database created with the REQUEST and SOP provides management tools which are unavailable elsewhere. The flexibility of the hazardous materials management software allows the review process to be customized to the exact needs of the user.
The REQUEST augments the SDS with site specific data regarding the who, what, where, when, why, how much, and how a material is used and disposed of within a process or facility.
The REQUEST compiles data with respect to the facility, the building, the process location, ventilation, disposal, application methods, material amounts, containers, and much more.
The REQUEST incorporates user-defined fields for corporate-specific documentation of usage and storage.
The Chemical Review Module supports unlimited REQUESTS per SDS.
hazMIN® will maintain a hisotry of all REQUESTS for documentation purposes.
If usage and storage totals are entered into the system, the software can be used to calculate SARA Tier II and Form R usage threshold reports.
How do you train employees on the safe use, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials?
How do you disseminate facility specific rules and regulations regarding safe storage of a recently delivered material?
SOPs are the answer. An SDS might state "dispose of according to federal, state, and local regulations". The SOP will include facility specific disposal requirements, such as "absorb spills with 'floor-dry' and place the waste in the designated red-top accumulators".
During the chemical review, the committee may optionally create a facility-specific SOP (Safe Operating Procedure) for each SDS. SOPs provide specific-use training and augment the SDS in the common terms of your workplace. The chemical review system comes equipped with thirty "generic" SOPs (based on material type, i.e., "Oil Based Paints"), which can be easily modified for your use.