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11/11/2022

Next GHS HazCom Update May Land Before Year Ends

A Final Rule to align the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the 7th revised edition of the GHS is planned for December.  

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11/08/2022

OSHA Warns of Dust Hazards in Cannabis Industry

Following the death of an employee from “occupational asthma due to exposure to ground cannabis,” OSHA cited a marijuana cultivation facility for alleged failure to adequately warn employees about health hazards in the workplace.  

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11/04/2022

What's in a Written Hazard Communication Program?

Failure to develop a written hazard communication program is a common misstep for general industry employers. OSHA issues more citations for HazCom violations than for any other general industry Standard.   

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08/26/2022

Comment Period Extended: Hazmat e-Communications

Update: US DOT PHMSA is extending the comment period on its request for input about potential benefits of electronic hazmat shipping papers, emergency response information, train consists, and other communications until 10/24.  

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06/22/2021

CSB Investigates Illinois Chemical Factory Explosion

[UPDATE 06/22/21] CSB deployed two members of its leadership team to the explosion site on June 21. At the site, they met with company respresentatives, on-site Federal and local emergency responders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, and Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) investigators to discuss the incident further.

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04/12/2021

Why Some Excluded RCRA Wastes Need HazCom Labels

Hazardous wastes covered under RCRA are excluded from OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). But what about wastes that are excluded from RCRA?

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10/26/2020

PHMSA, OSHA Prepare for GHS HazCom Summit

OSHA and PHMSA will hold a virtual public meeting on 11/19 to prepare to the next session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS).

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10/26/2020

The Future of GHS HazCom in the US

The GHS rules that OSHA adopted in 2012 are outdated now. GHS has undergone several revisions since then and OSHA must update its HazCom regulations in 29 CFR 1910.1200 again soon to keep pace. 

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06/01/2020

How to Safely Disinfect Your Workplace: HazCom Considerations

As states begin reopening, many facilities will need to rethink how to clean and disinfect the workplace to protect employees from COVID-19 and comply with State and Federal guidelines. However, these changes may require new or revised OSHA hazard communication strategies, depending on which cleaning/disinfecting agents are being used.

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01/06/2020

Railcar Servicer Fined $550K After Worker Fatality

On December 4, OSHA fined a railcar company $551,226 due to confined space safety violations that led to the death of an employee in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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