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12/31/2013

Top Compliance Articles of 2013

For the annual year-end edition, we’ve collected the most popular articles from 2013, covering the major happenings that may have affected your facility. From new rulemakings and requirements to tips on inspections and help planning for next year, these compliance articles stood above the rest...

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11/05/2013

The GHS Training Deadline Is Almost Here

By December 1st, all companies subject to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) must ensure that their employees are trained on the HazCom rules adopted from the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals. [29 CFR 1910.1200(j)(1)]...

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05/07/2013

GHS Training Deadline Looming

Before December 1, 2013, more than 40 million employees at 5 million facilities nationwide must be trained on new hazard communication standards under OSHA’s new Globally Harmonized System of Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS). The December 1 deadline is the first for industrial facilities working to...

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03/19/2013

OSHA Lifts Prohibition on HCS & DOT Labels on Same Package

A HazCom rule change has been announced that will affect labeling of all hazardous materials packages.  The new rule makes an important adjustment to new requirements OSHA adopted last year, known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classifying and labeling chemicals.
 
The rule in question pertains to....

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02/05/2013

Transitioning to OSHA’s New GHS Rules

Q: I am in charge of overseeing my company’s transition to OSHA’s new GHS Hazard Communication Standard. How much of the standard will be changing?
 
A: The overhaul to OSHA’s Hazard Communication System (HCS) has caused anxiety nationwide in many industries since the rulemaking was announced—but while many aspects of hazard communication...

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11/06/2012

GHS vs. DOT Classification

Q. Less than one year ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) amended the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) to harmonize with the Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification and Labeling (GHS). HazCom is one of two major programs in the United States that classifies a large universe of chemical hazards. The other major system is the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) promulgated and enforced by the Department of Transportation (DOT). How do OSHA’s new GHS classifications compare with the DOT’s hazmat classification system...

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10/02/2012

GHS: Hazards Not Otherwise Classified

Q. Is there any specific definition for “Hazards Not Otherwise Classified” under the new GHS rule? Also, what rules apply to them?
 
A. With the incorporation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) regulations, companies are faced with revisiting...

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08/07/2012

GHS Labeling: More Than Just a Picture

Q. What kind of information is required on the new GHS labels?
 
A. As many EHS professionals are now aware, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) added the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to its regulations on March 26, 2012...

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07/31/2012

New GHS Labels vs. DOT Labels

Q. I have a 55-gallon drum of a flammable chemical that I plan to ship to a customer. I know I am required to have a GHS label on the outside, as well as DOT markings and labels. I was told that the flame pictogram on the GHS label cannot be on the drum since there is already a Flammable Liquid label as required by the DOT. Is this true...

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07/03/2012

Updating Safety Data Sheets

Q. With the new GHS rules, who has to create Safety Data Sheets and what kind of information must go into them?
 
A. Now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into the Hazard Communication Standard, employers and chemical manufacturers must take several steps to ensure they...

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