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03/07/2017

OSHA Releases New GHS Enforcement Memo

In a memo aimed at field staff who perform workplace safety inspections, issued in September but posted to OSHA’s website recently, OSHA provides useful guidance for chemical industry professionals tasked with maintaining compliance with the updated GHS Hazard Communication Standard, or 2012 HCS.

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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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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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10/07/2015

Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Violations in 2015

At the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Atlanta, OSHA released its list of the Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations. See the list below. We’ve indicated each OSHA standard’s spot on last year’s Top 10 violations list after each entry. As you will see, the list did not change much...

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07/21/2015

Valuable Insights in Latest OSHA GHS HazCom Enforcement Memo

Now that the June 1 deadline for GHS compliance has come and gone, and chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors have shifted to new chemical classification, marking, labeling, and documentation criteria, one big question remains: How will OSHA enforce the new GHS Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard? 

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07/14/2015

How GHS HazCom Affects Your EPCRA Responsibilities

Under Section 311 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), facilities subject to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard must submit copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), and local fire departments. The Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated rules in 40 CFR 370 that cover both initial and revised submissions of SDSs to those agencies....

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06/04/2015

OSHA Memo Shows How GHS HazCom Will Be Enforced

Now that the June 1 deadline for GHS compliance has passed, chemical manufacturers and shippers nationwide are adjusting to new requirements under OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). OSHA inspectors will begin enforcing compliance with these revised rules during site audits, and it’s critical that employers understand what’s required and how to comply... 

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06/01/2015

Mandatory GHS Compliance Starts Today!

Now that the June 1 deadline for compliance with OSHA’s revised “GHS” Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has arrived, it’s critical that EHS managers and safety personnel understand how to comply with a “global” rule. Industry in the US is used to ensuring compliance with a variety of domestic agency regulations from EPA, US DOT, OSHA, and others...

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05/05/2015

GHS Deadline Is Less Than 30 Days Away

In 2012, the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated final amendments to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), to harmonize it with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)... 

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02/26/2015

Small Containers a GHS Challenge for Chemical Industry

Before OSHA adopted GHS standards, employers could label hazardous chemicals as they saw fit—provided that employees were trained to recognize and understand the labels. Under GHS HazCom rules, a standardized label is required for all workplace containers of hazardous chemicals.   At a recent Lion Technology GHS webinar, attendees raised a big concern: How can companies fit all the newly required GHS hazard information on a container too small for a traditional label?

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