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OSHA HazCom Guidance Documents In The Works

According to a Bloomberg BNA report, OSHA is preparing a series of OSHA HazCom Guidance documents to help employers comply with the new standard.  The new OSHA standard was finalized in 2012, but companies have a three (3) year window to implement various aspects of the new Hazard Communication standard.  New provisions affect employee training,…

Is Just GHS Good Enough?

Environmental, health, and safety professionals are aiming to update vendor safety data sheets with the latest Globally Harmonized System (GHS) versions for internal hazcom compliance.  However, is knowing simply whether or not an SDS is compliant with OSHA HazCom 2012good enough?  The short answer is, no. Implemented correctly, there is no such thing as a…

Chemical Spill – What’s YOUR Plan?

As much as anything, the moral of the story regarding the recent West Virginia chemical spill is:  Do you have a plan for a chemical emergency in your community or your company?  The spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry, has raised health and environmental concerns in the community, but also…

EPA’s ChemView Helps Companies to Make Safer, Possibly Smarter Choices

The EPA recently released a really interesting and cool new web-based search tool called, EPA’s ChemView.  It allows companies and manufacturers to search for, “information on chemical health and safety data received by EPA and EPA’s assessments and regulatory actions for specific chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)”.  It’s basically the EPA’s version of…

The Cost of Safety and Compliance

The big question on a lot of people’s minds is how will GHS affect safety numbers in the long run? Well some 40+ million workers in the U.S. alone will be affected by GHS. There will also be implementation and training costs. However, OSHA is forecasting the prevention of 43 fatalities and 585 injuries per year from implementing the GHS.