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06/03/2014

One Year Left to Update Safety Data Sheets

It’s been just over two years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard with new GHS rules.
 
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) created new requirements for classifying, labeling, and creating Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for hazardous chemicals in the workplace. To give manufacturers a chance to update this information and train employees...

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02/18/2014

Package and Container Communication: DOT vs. GHS

When dealing with hazardous constituents, hazard communication is a must to protect workers, property, and the general public. Both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have standards for how to communicate the dangers of goods and products they consider “hazardous...

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02/04/2014

The Next Phase of GHS Hazard Communication

The first GHS deadline has passed. By December 1, 2013, all affected employers were required to train their employees on GHS labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). If you have employees subject to GHS who have not been trained on these new elements, you need to get them trained as soon as possible...

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01/13/2014

Moving Forward with GHS Hazard Communication

Dec. 1 GHS Deadline Has Passed – What Now?
 
The December 1, 2013 deadline for employers to train workers on changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has come and gone.  Still, reports show many companies have not yet trained employees on the updated “HazCom” rules, which were revised when OSHA adopted international standards from the...

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01/06/2014

OSHA Memo: New Combustible Dust Hazard Classification

On December 27th, 2013, OSHA distributed an internal memo to its compliance officers intended to clarify the Administration’s standards regarding combustible dusts. What Is Combustible Dust? 
When OSHA amended the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), the Agency amended the...

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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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