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Product Safety and Recall Information Bulletins

Product Safety Overview

The Department has an established policy that is outlined in the DOC Safety and Health Manual, Chapter 5, titled: Prevention and Control of Workplace Hazards. Under this chapter, the following safety elements have been established encompassing product safety:

    • Principles of Hazard Control – Purchasing Procedures. Many hazards can be avoided by incorporating appropriate specifications for purchased equipment/ material and contracted efforts that involve work at Commerce facilities. Contracts that require work to be performed by contract personnel at Commerce facilities shall be coordinated with the appropriate safety and health personnel.

    • Application of Hazard Control Principles – Hazardous workplace conditions

    may be prevented through appropriate actions when facilities are designed,

    when operating procedures are developed, and when equipment is purchased.

    Notwithstanding these preventive measures, hazards will arise as a result of the

    dynamics of the workplace environment. Once hazards are identified, whether

    through inspection or complaint, immediate action must be taken to avoid

    unreasonable danger. The immediate response may differ from the permanent

    corrective action.

    • System Safety Reviews – System safety engineering and management principles shall be selectively applied to the acquisition of systems and facilities. Safety and health assistance in performing system safety reviews shall be requested as early as possible in the research and development or procurement process. Such early reviews will minimize the possibility of future modifications/ alterations as well as the costs and time losses associated with such subsequent changes.

    • Purchasing Procedures – Many hazards can be avoided by incorporating appropriate specifications for equipment/material and contracted efforts that involve work at Commerce facilities. Contracts that require work to be performed by contract personnel at Commerce facilities shall be coordinated with the appropriate safety and health personnel.

    • Development of Hazard Control Recommendations – The following possible

actions should be considered when recommendations are developed for the

prevention or reduction of hazards:

    • Avoiding, eliminating, or reducing deficiencies by engineering design, material selection, or substitution

    • Management of Change – Processes shall be established and implemented to

identify and prevent or control hazards and potential risks associated with new

processes or operations at the design stage and changes to existing operations,

products, services, or suppliers. The design review should consider all aspects

of design, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning.

    • Hazard Communication – The Department has a policy on hazard communication (HAZCOM) that is found in the DOC “Occupational Safety and Health Manual,” in Chapter 22. Some bureau operations may be exempt from this requirement as they are office/administrative workplaces only.

    NOTE: The requirements under Federal Acquisition Regulations, Accident Prevention Clause 52-236-13 for solicitations and contracting, are also followed.

The following are the Department’s Product Safety and Recall Information Bulletins:

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