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The CCMC administers the SRS HazCom Program, in compliance with the OSHA Hazard
Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) and the S/RID. All employees have access, via the SRS
Intranet, to the site MSDS database, which contains electronic images of MSDSs for products used on
site. This open access is important for worker health and safety and satisfies OSHA requirements.
The site HazCom Coordinator is on the CCMC staff and is responsible for all aspects of the HazCom
program, including training of chemical coordinators, chemical workers, and general employees. The
Industrial Hygiene Department is responsible for supporting work activities involving chemicals by
recommending the necessary Personal Protective Equipment, work controls to minimize chemical
exposures, and participating in job hazard analyses, as required. The Fire Protection Engineering group is
available to provide guidance on the suitability of facilities for storage of chemicals to assure NFPA code
compliance and safe segregation between incompatible chemical categories. The Savannah River
Technology Center (SRTC) has sections regulated under the OSHA Laboratory Standard, 29
CFR1910.1450. SRTC has a Chemical Hygiene Plan and a Chemical Hygiene Officer, who is matrixed
to the CCMC to provide consistent guidance across the site.
Annually, a Special Hazards Report is sent out to all WSRC Divisions to alert them about any self-
reactive and time-sensitive chemicals present in their inventories that can become storage hazards (i.e.,
have the potential to violently degrade, decompose, polymerize or convert to products that may be shock-
sensitive, explosive, or toxic). A courtesy reminder is sent after 6 months to all laboratories that have
such chemicals. Improper storage can result in serious injuries to workers, property loss, and costly
remediation efforts. The Divisions have the responsibility to take necessary actions such as ascertaining
the continued viability of these chemicals for future use or making decisions on disposal.
Safety basis documentation identifies bulk chemical storage areas and the potential impact of unmitigated
releases from these storage areas with respect to worker safety (onsite release), environment, and the
public (offsite release). Conduct of operations, including facility procedures and job hazards analysis,
ensures safe use of the bulk chemicals. As an independent check, the facility self-assessment program
reviews chemical storage areas for proper storage, chemicals for unlabeled/mislabeled containers, and
containers for signs of damage, degradation or leakage. A checklist for self-assessment of chemical
storage areas is available sitewide via the Chemical Life Cycle Management homepage on the site
With emphasis on continuous improvement, WSRC organizations conduct self-assessments at the facility
level. Included in the areas of review are chemical safety and adherence to all elements of the CMP.
These periodic reviews result in identification of any facility-specific problems and the implementation of
corrective actions. In addition, the WSRC Facility Evaluation Board conducts independent, unannounced
performance assessments of facilities and programs at SRS and reports its findings directly to the
President of WSRC. Such a site-level management review helps to identify any needed programmatic
changes in the CMP. The CCMC manager, being the program owner, coordinates the sitewide review on
CMP with the Board.
When chemical releases (e.g., spills) occur in a quantity equal to or exceeding the CERCLA RQs, a
hazardous substance release notification in accordance with 40 CFR 302.4 is required. The facility
organization reports the incident to the Environmental Protection Department, which communicates the
information to appropriate regulatory agencies.

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