Category: Chemicals

Today’s workplace uses thousands of chemicals, many of which are hazardous. The resources in this section will help guide you in the safe and legal identification, storage, transport, and use of these chemicals, and in making sure that your employees right to know how to be safe around such substances is provided, as required by law.

OSHA GHS Final Rule Effective Next Week

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) finally makes its debut. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of time yet to comply. OSHA has announced that the final rule for GHS, or Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, will become law effective May 25, 2012. The effective date of the final rule is 60 days […]


Dealing with Hazardous Material Emergencies

Do your employees know the proper way to respond to workplace emergencies that involve hazardous materials? Be sure to address this critical issue in safety training. Emergencies involving hazardous materials are among the worst workplace incidents to deal with because the risks are great and accidents can affect both your workers’ physical safety and health. […]


Major Changes to HazCom—OSHA Finalizes GHS

OSHA has just announced that it will be finalizing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in the Federal Register of March 26, 2012. The good news here is you’ve got a lot of lead time to get in compliance with the updated hazard communication standard.    If you are a […]


GHS Basics – What You Need to Know

In this Environmental Daily Advisor video, Kelly Lagana talks with Dave Galt about the new GHS (Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) standard. Dave Galt is legal editor for BLR’s safety compliance products.


Hazardous Substance Storage: What are the Rules?

Here are some of the federal laws you should consider when storing hazardous substances: —Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), more commonly referred to as Superfund, was designed to help clean up inactive hazardous waste sites. It was modified to also require private industries to disclose to their communities and neighbors what hazardous […]


A Quick Guide to EPA’s MSDS Requirements

Under EPCRA, facilities covered by OSHA’s MSDS requirements are also responsible for following EPA’s MSDS reporting requirements. Pesticides MSDSs are considered part of pesticide labeling under FIFRA. Special EPA hazard statements must be placed on product labels, but there is no such requirement for revising MSDSs to include such statements. Need to know if one […]