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.

Asbestos exposure, asbestos danger

Occupational Asbestos Exposure: Still a Threat

Asbestos usage remains a public health issue in the United States—we have not banned asbestos use, and there is still a plethora of products being used that contain asbestos. That’s why we continue to see considerable concerns surrounding asbestos exposure, and companies should ensure that, where asbestos is present, they alert workers and contractors to […]

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OSHA HazCom Updates Include Labeling, SDS Requirements

On February 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed an update to the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which would align provisions of the rule with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) published in 2017 (86 FR 9576). An eighth revised edition was published […]

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OSHA Proposes Revised HazCom Standard to Conform to GHS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed rules to modify the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Revision 7, which is more current than the version of the GHS that’s incorporated into the existing HCS.

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Group Petitions for Review of EPA’s Risk Evaluation for Asbestos

A group of public health organizations and asbestos scientists led by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) petitioned the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for administrative review of the EPA final risk evaluation for asbestos on January 26, 2021. The groups also sent the EPA a 60-day notice of their intent to file suit against […]

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Prop 65 Changes Loom on the Horizon

Companies subject to California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) rule should prepare to make changes to their compliance plans, as the California  Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced substantial proposed changes to the rule on January 8, 2021.

chemical reporting

EPA Reopens the Active-Inactive Reporting Period Under TSCA

On January 5, 2021, the EPA announced it was reopening the reporting period under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Active-Inactive Rule, whereby companies identified chemicals that were manufactured, imported, or processed in the United States during the 10-year time period ending on June 21, 2016.

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EPA Releases Final Risk Evaluation for 1,4-Dioxane

In December, the EPA released its final risk evaluation for 1,4-dioxane, a chemical “currently used as a solvent in a variety of commercial and industrial applications such as in the manufacture of other chemicals, a processing aid, functional fluid, a laboratory chemical, in adhesives and sealants, in spray polyurethane foam, in printing inks, and as […]

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Pesky PFAS Insert Themselves into Timely Topics

Two big news stories that you have no doubt been following lately are the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and the presidential transition. However, what is a little less widely known is that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the so-called “forever chemicals” that have become a concern for environmental regulators as well as environment, health, […]