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12/06/2011

Are You Ready for OSHA's GHS Adoption

Q. How will the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) affect my HazCom Standard communications?
 
A. The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard is a rule designed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to...

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10/26/2011

OSHA One Step Closer to GHS

We're all waiting for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt the Globally Harmonized System into the Hazard Communication Standard. Just yesterday, OSHA submitted the final rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as required by the Administrative Procedure Act for economically significant regulations. OMB typically takes 30 to 90 days to...

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10/12/2011

Feature Article: Find Out More About Workplace Safety Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is less than 30 pages long, and the regulations enforcing the law are just over 1,500 more. These laws and rules describe an employer’s obligation to provide a safe work environment for his or her employees, to eliminate hazards where possible, and to mitigate hazards that...

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09/28/2011

OSHA Extends Comment Period for Injury & Illness Recording and Reporting Rule Amendments

By request of the National Automobile Dealers Association, OSHA has reopened the rulemaking docket on it’s June 22, 2011 (76 FR 36414 proposal to modify the injury & illness recording and reporting program. Among the proposed changes, OSHA has...

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09/14/2011

Question of the Week: Hazard Communication: GHS Is Coming

Q. I’ve heard that OSHA is about to finalize a new Hazard Communication Standard that will change everything we’re currently doing under the standard. Is that true?
 
A. OSHA is planning to finalize a new Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) before the end of 2011; however...

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07/12/2011

The Spring 2011 Regulatory Agenda: OSHA

On July 7, 2011, Federal regulatory agencies published their semiannual regulatory agendas and regulatory plans as required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act [5 U.S.C. 602]. The agenda is where agencies summarize all current or projected rulemakings and review existing regulations and completed actions. While the detailed agendas are no longer published in the Federal Register...

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07/05/2011

Question of the Week: Storing Sharps

Q. We generate contaminated sharps at several locations in our facility. We are currently using a large plastic pail that is centrally located in the building to collect all of these sharps, but I’ve been told that we can’t do that. What kinds of containers do we have to use and where are we supposed to place them? Also, where are we supposed to send them when they are full...

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06/22/2011

OSHA Proposes Changes to Injury & Illness Recording Requirements

In today’s Federal Register (76 FR 36414), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a set of rule changes to the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting requirements.
 
OSHA proposed to update Appendix A to Subpart B of 29 CFR Part 1904, containing the list of industries that are partially exempt from maintaining records of...

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06/07/2011

Question of the Week: When Do I have to Update My Material Safety Data Sheets?

Q. Under the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires manufacturers and importers to obtain or develop material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Manufacturers and importers must provide these MSDS to distributors and employers with their initial shipment, and with the first shipment after the MSDS are updated.
 
How often does OSHA require manufacturer/importers to update their MSDS?

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06/07/2011

Question of the Week: When Do I have to Update My Material Safety Data Sheets?

Q. Under the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires manufacturers and importers to obtain or develop material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Manufacturers and importers must provide these MSDS to distributors and employers with their initial shipment, and with the first shipment after the MSDS are updated.
 
How often does OSHA require manufacturer/importers to update their MSDS?

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