Tag: Globally Harmonized System

HazCom, GHS

What HazCom Updates Can You Expect This Year?

OSHA is expected to revise its Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard this year to bring it in line with the current Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals and formalize various enforcement policies that have been issued since the last major update to HazCom in 2012. Employers that manufacture, import, distribute, or use […]

Employers and GHS: Down to the Wire

The final deadline for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) phased-in compliance approach to implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is around the corner—just about 1 month away. This is the deadline that affects all employers covered by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Is your organization ready? Here’s […]

GHS Container Labels Review—What Employers Need to Know

The final deadline for hazardous chemical manufactures, importers, and distributors required to comply with the Hazard Communication (HazCom) label requirements that were amended when OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has passed. The June 1, 2016, deadline for employers to update alternative workplace labeling and their hazard communication […]

GHS Container Labels Review—What Manufacturers, Importers, and Distributors Need to Know

As of June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers and importers are required to comply with the Hazard Communication (HazCom) label requirements that were amended when OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2012. Distributors had until December 1, 2015, to comply. Today we will review the requirements for GHS-compliant […]

Safer Chemical Management: Can OSHA Regulate Exposures Without PELs?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published permissible exposure limits (PELs) for about 500 chemicals—and most of those PELs have not been updated since 1971. In the intervening four 4 decades, the number of chemicals used in the United States has exploded and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control […]

OSHA Offers Guidance for Classifying Combustible Dust under HazCom

OSHA has issued guidance for its inspectors to determine if makers and importers of chemicals have correctly classified products as combustible dust hazards under the revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard (or HCS). The recent guidance, issued as an interpretation and sent to OSHA regional administrators, affects manufacturers and importers of chemicals (“classifiers”), not users. In […]

What’s in Your HazCom Plan?

Does your written HazCom plan include all the information required by OSHA? Here’s a quick review of essential content. A hazard communication plan doesn’t have to be long or spell out your program in detail, but it must be well thought out, clear, and comprehensive. Your written HazCom plan is the first thing a compliance […]