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OSHA is requiring that employees be trained on the new label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format by December 1st of this year.  While full compliance with the new rule … Continue reading

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Answer: OSHA expects that the modifications to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will result in increased safety and health for the affected employees and reduce the numbers of accidents, fatalities, injuries, and illnesses associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals. The … Continue reading

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Answer:  In the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), OSHA is lifting the stay on enforcement regarding the provision to update labels when new information on hazards becomes available. Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, or employers who become newly aware of any … Continue reading

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by Dwayne Towles Answer:  The current standard provides employers with flexibility regarding the type of system to be used in their workplaces and OSHA has retained that flexibility in the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Employers may choose to label … Continue reading

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Answer: In the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), OSHA has added pyrophoric gases, simple asphyxiants and combustible dust to the definition of “hazardous chemical”. OSHA has also added definitions to the revised HCS for pyrophoric gases and simple asphyxiants, and … Continue reading

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Dr. Michaels Assistant Secretary of Labor in charge of OSHA video presentation on the key elements of the new Hazard Communication standard.  To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has … Continue reading

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Answer: The information required on the safety data sheet (SDS) will remain essentially the same as that in the current standard. The current Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) indicates what information has to be included on an SDS but does not … Continue reading

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Answer: Under the current Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), the label preparer must provide the identity of the chemical, and the appropriate hazard warnings. This may be done in a variety of ways, and the method to convey the information is … Continue reading

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Answer:  The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets. Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification … Continue reading

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Answer: The table below summarizes the phase-in dates required under the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS): Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers June 1, … Continue reading

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