Using Consumer Products for Non-Consumer Uses at DOE Facilities

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Chemical Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Work Management/Planning

The use of consumer products for non-consumer uses may present unexpected problems. The information on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provided for a consumer product anti-static spray did not match the label on the spray cans. Despite multiple attempts to get the correct SDS, the supplier was unable to provide an SDS that matched the label.

Lesson Learned: Manufacturers and suppliers of consumer products may not be as familiar with OSHA requirements as the manufacturers and suppliers of industrial products. Whenever possible, an appropriate industrial product should be purchased instead of ordering a consumer product for a non-consumer use. If a consumer product must be used, ensure that the proper hazard evaluation and implementation of controls occurs prior to use.

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