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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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06/05/2012

OSHA Form 300: How to Record Pre-existing Injuries

Q. If I have an employee who has a pre-existing injury from something non-work-related, but she becomes reinjured while doing her job, do I have to record the injury?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to record each fatality, injury, and illness that is...

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05/01/2012

How Will OSHA’s Adoption of the GHS Affect HazCom Training Programs?

On March 26, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) completed a years-long effort to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labeling into the Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard. In addition to many changes to hazard criteria, this rule significantly revises labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). The new regulations also...

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04/03/2012

Workplace Safety Should Be More Than Just PPE

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to assess the workplace for hazards and to provide proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees whenever hazards are present, or are likely to be present. [29 CFR 1910.132(d)]
 
A “hazard” is any process, environment, chemical, radiation, or mechanical irritant that can...

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03/20/2012

OSHA Finalizes GHS Rule, Training Deadline 12/01/13

OSHA’s rule to align its current Hazard Communication Standard with the global harmonization system (GHS) has been finalized, and will appear in the Federal Register in the near future. In a press conference this afternoon, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels described...

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03/06/2012

Forklift Safety: How Much Weight Can My Forklift Carry?

Q. How can I tell how much weight my forklift can carry?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects workers in the workplace. This includes safe operations of powered industrial trucks (PITs), commonly called forklifts. The complete set of rules for these can be found under...

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02/14/2012

Federal Register Prints Flexibility Agendas

Yesterday, the Federal Register finally published the Fall 2011 Regulatory Flexibility Agendas, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 USC 602). Compared to the Unified Agenda published last month (and discussed ), the Flexibility Agendas only include rules that have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (SEIOSNOSE) or are otherwise identified as significant rulemakings. Ever since the OMB took the lead on managing the agendas...

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02/07/2012

Question of the Week: Hearing Conservation

Q. We have a lot of machinery that give off noise. How do we know if we need some type of hearing loss program?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects workers in the workplace from many hazards. One of the hazards that is often overlooked by employers is noise exposure, because you cannot...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Occupational Safety and Health

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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01/16/2012

OSHA Releases White Paper on I2P2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a white paper last Friday discussing injury and illness prevention programs. 

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