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07/31/2012

New GHS Labels vs. DOT Labels

Q. I have a 55-gallon drum of a flammable chemical that I plan to ship to a customer. I know I am required to have a GHS label on the outside, as well as DOT markings and labels. I was told that the flame pictogram on the GHS label cannot be on the drum since there is already a Flammable Liquid label as required by the DOT. Is this true...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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