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printed   directly   from   the   Hazardous   Material Information System (HMIS) data base CD-ROM on self-adhesive forms or plain paper. Several  types  of  multicolored  signs,  placards,  and decals are used to provide visual hazard warnings. They may contain words, shapes, symbols, pictures, or any combination  of  these.  Sometimes  they  picture  the international  symbols  for  gloves,  aprons,  goggles,  and respirators. These international symbols appear as small pictures  (called  icons) on the label showing the required protective   equipment. Manufacturers  use  various  symbols  and  DOT shipping labels with the required OSHA labeling. Used alone, these DOT symbols or labels do not meet the OSHA  labeling  requirements.  Navy  personnel  should not place any labels on containers that already have proper labels. If you buy or receive a hazardous material with the minimum required labeling, do not add any additional labeling. If you have an unlabeled container or one with a damaged label, you can print a label from the  HMIS  CD-ROM  onto  plain  paper  or  the  DD  Form 2 5 2 2 . SIGHT CONSERVATION PROGRAM The   Navy   must   provide   eye   protection,   at government   expense,   for   personnel   working   in eye-hazardous  areas.  Workers  must  wear  appropriate eye   protection   when   performing   eye-hazardous operations such as pouring or handling molten metals or corrosive  liquids  and  solids.  Personnel  must  also  wear eye  protection  when  cutting  and  welding,  drilling, grinding,  milling,  chipping,  sand  blasting,  or  performing other  dust-  and  particle-producing  operations.  Anyone near  such  operations,  including  visitors,  also  must  wear eye-protective  equipment.  OPNAVINST  5100.23C, chapter 19, and OPNAVINST 5100.19B, chapter B5, provide   more   information   on   the   Navy’s   Sight Conservation    Program. Operation of an effective equipment mainte- nance   program Compliance  with  procedures  for  the  use  of temporary  eye  wear Operation  of  a  comprehensive  training/education p r o g r a m Operation of an effective enforcement program The Navy considers any person found to have vision in one eye of 20/200 or worse to be visually impaired. You cannot assign people who have a visual impairment to duties that present a hazard to their remaining eye. Make  certain  these  personnel  always  wear  protective eye wear, regardless of their occupation or work station. To  setup  an  effective  sight  conservation  program, activity safety officers must identify eye-hazardous areas and ensure they are posted with warning signs. Commands must equip these areas with emergency eyewash facilities. Safety officers must also identify eye-hazardous  occupations  and  processes  that  require personal  protective  equipment  and  determine  the safeguards    needed. Safety officers maintain a listing of areas, processes, and  operations  that  require  eye  protection.  In  addition, they keep a listing of areas requiring eyewash or deluge shower facilities. Safety officers maintain eye injury records  and  ensure  the  program  is  evaluated  for compliance  and  effectiveness. Labelling of Sight Hazard Areas A warning sign and 3-inch yellow and black striping or  checkerboard  markings  on  the  deck  identify eye-hazardous areas. The black and yellow striping or checkerboard pattern outlines the eye hazardous area. The sign warning of an eye hazard area is mounted directly  on  the  hazard,  part,  machinery,  boundary bulkhead or door in a conspicuous location. Caution signs should read as follows: Basic Sight Program Requirements All  Navy  activities  that  perform  eye-hazardous operations must have a sight conservation program. The program should include, but is not restricted to, the following: Determination  and  evaluation  of  eye-hazardous areas, processes, and occupations Operation  of  a  vision  and  medical  screening  pro- The words should be in black letters on a yellow background. The signs and tape arc available in the gram supply  system. 5-14

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