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09/19/2016

PHMSA and OSHA Issue GHS Guidance for Bulk Chemical Shippers

US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and OSHA recently issued a joint guidance document to help industry comply with overlapping hazard communication, or “HazCom,” rules for chemicals in the workplace and in transportation.

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07/21/2016

EPA Updates EPCRA Chemical Reporting to Match GHS HazCom

When it comes to overlapping chemical requirements, major changes tend to reverberate across many environmental and safety programs.

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06/07/2016

GHS for Hazmat Shippers: June 28

On June 28 from 1-3 PM ET, Lion will present the live, instructor-led GHS Compliance for Hazmat Shippers Webinar to help chemical manufacturers, distributors, and shippers identify how GHS affects their 49 CFR hazmat shipping responsibilities and how to keep chemical shipments in compliance with both OSHA and US DOT regualtions.

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06/06/2016

PHMSA and OSHA to Hold Pre-UN Regulatory Meetings Next Week

To prepare for international regulatory meetings at the United Nations, both OSHA and the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold pre-UN meetings open to industry stakeholders and the public.

 

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05/31/2016

What EHS Pros Should Know for Summer 2016

Summer 2016 will bring major changes for hazmat shippers, hazardous waste professionals, and safety managers nationwide. Below is a quick snapshot of some major compliance updates, deadlines, and new rulemakings to be aware of now that beach season is officially underway!

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05/06/2016

Who's Responsible for Training Temp Workers on GHS?

The work may be temporary, but the effects of an employee getting hurt or sick on the job can last a lifetime. OSHA’s safety standards for industry put the onus of ensuring worker safety on the employer. For temporary workers, this raises a unique question—who, exactly, “employs” these workers? Is it the staffing agency or the host business? And who is responsible for training temporary workers on safety issues like GHS hazard communication?

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05/03/2016

Almost There: Final GHS Deadline—June 1

Can you believe it’s been four years since OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, or HazCom) took effect? Since May 2012, manufacturers, suppliers, and employers have contended with several implementation deadlines. If you work in the business of chemical manufacturing, distribution, import, or handling, by now you should be well versed in the workplace changes resulting from the revised 2012 Hazard Communication standard (HCS 2012)...

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03/23/2016

No GHS Labels? You Have Options.

Under the revised HazCom Standard, also known as HazCom 2012, OSHA requires all workplace containers of hazardous chemicals to be labeled according to new criteria to protect employees. GHS hazard labels must also appear on all shipped containers, making it crucial that distributors understand the requirements and are prepared to comply. 

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03/01/2016

Answers to Your OSHA 10 Hour Training Questions

On-the-job injuries and illnesses cost US businesses 1 billion dollars per week, according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. With losses this staggering, it’s no wonder EHS professionals take safety training seriously. OSHA maintains a number of safety standards that address on-the-job hazards, ranging from fire safety to handling explosives, from using a respirator to operating certain machines, and much, much more.

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02/19/2016

OSHA GHS Guidance: Using 'Weight of Evidence' to Classify Hazards

When classifying hazards under GHS, the available health and safety data may be too complex or conflicting to result in a single classification. When this happens, the manufacturer, importer, or employer should use an approach known as “weight of evidence” (WoE) to determine the level of hazard. OSHA has released guidance on using the WoE method, and is now seeking public comments on the document. 

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