ARE YOU READY FOR OSHA’s NEWEST REGULATION? OSHA Hazmat Pictogram
In March 2012, OSHA released its new Hazard Communication Standard that changed labeling and training requirements covering hazardous chemicals. Most of the changes impact manufacturers and importers, but employers face new rules as well. The first deadline is employee training that must be completed by December 1, 2013; this also impacts your Safety Data Sheets.
Here is a summary of the new Hazard Communication Standard requirements for employers:
Develop a list of all hazardous chemicals in the workplace
Implement appropriate hazard controls, including personal protective equipment where indicated
Update the list every year
Obtain safety data sheets (SDS) for each chemical on the list – new SDSs will replace current Material Safety Data Sheets
Ensure that the SDSs are available to all employees at all times while they are on the work site
Train employees on the new SDSs and the soon-to-be-seen pictograms
Train employees on the employer’s Hazard Communication program
Provide additional training whenever a new chemical hazard is introduced
Ensure that all chemicals used in the workplace, including secondary containers, meet OSHA’s labeling requirements
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