Category: Chemical Management

So, You’ve Moved Your Safety Data Sheets Into a Web-based SDS Management System…Now What?

Dec 2016

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: Chemical Management, OSHA Compliance, SDS Management

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Once you’ve implemented a cloud-based SDS management system such as SiteHawk Communicator, you have more than a secure and safe repository for safety data sheets. SiteHawk opens the door to endless possibilities for leveraging your chemical data. Newly implemented clients commonly have questions related to their responsibilities for compliance now that they have an online…

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Try, Try Again…

Sep 2016

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: Chemical Management, OSHA Compliance

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Are you trying to contact suppliers for updated SDS? Material Summary can help stay compliant! Albert Einstein said “You never fail until you stop trying.” This mantra might run like a broken record for many EHS managers still seeking GHS-compliant SDSs from suppliers and manufactures. OSHA 2012 regulations require that all companies attempt to contact suppliers…

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Increase in OSHA Fines

Jul 2016

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: Chemical Management, SDS Management

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For the first time in 25 years, OSHA increases fines for violations by as much as 78%. Effective August 1, 2016, the new maximum fine per violation will be $12,471 (the max has been $7,000 since 1990). By Congressional directive, federal agencies such as OSHA are adjusting civil penalties to account for inflation; penalties will continue to…

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Countdown to Compliance – OSHA Enforcement Guidance Provides Clarification Regarding Chemical Mixtures

Apr 2015

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance, SDS Management

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In the past, we blogged that industry and trade associations have filed petitions requesting OSHA extend the deadline for product formulators, yielding clarification by the OSHA Enforcement Guidance that it would use enforcement discretion for manufacturers and importers who demonstrate they have conducted “reasonable diligence” and made “good faith” efforts to meet the June 1,…

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WHMIS 2015 – Transition Period and Key Findings

Feb 2015

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Canada GHS, Chemical Management, SDS Management, WHMIS 2015

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Last week, the Government of Canada announced it will be incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) by modifying WHMIS (1998) to WHMIS 2015 and providing a WHMIS 2015 transition period. WHMIS 2015 is based on the requirements contained in the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) and Hazardous Products Act (HPA)…

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Canada Adopts GHS As WHMIS 2015 and Updates to WHMIS 1988

Feb 2015

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Canada GHS, Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, SDS Management, WHMIS 2015

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On Wednesday, February 11, The Canada Gazette, Part II noted updates as Canada adopts GHS WHMIS 2015 and published the much anticipated regulatory requirements for WHMIS 2015 – the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Canada’s adoption of GHS will be known as WHMIS 2015. It will not replace…

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New partnership, new possibilities for EHS management programs

Dec 2014

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance, SDS Management

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Recently, SiteHawk announced a new partnership with Intelex, a leading environmental, health, safety (EHS) and quality software provider–the SiteHawk Intelex partnership bridges the gap between chemical data content and EHS management applications. The data that SiteHawk collects from SDSs now feeds into Intelex’s applications such as water quality, industrial hygiene, occupational health, and risk management. This…

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OSHA Responds to Petition to Extend Deadline for Formulators

Nov 2014

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance

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Industries Request OSHA Extend Deadline Recently, OSHA responded to nine industry organizations who filed an August, 2014 petition requesting the agency reopen the rulemaking proceedings for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)– the industries request OSHA extends deadlines of June 2015 for formulators to meet HCS 2012 compliance requirements. Under HCS 2012, manufacturers and distributors are required…

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Proposed Changes to the GHS “Purple Book”, Revision 6

Nov 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance, Product Sustainability, SDS Authoring, SDS Management

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Every two years, the UN Sub-committee releases an updated version of the official text of the GHS, commonly known as the “Purple Book.”  In 2015, they will release the sixth revision. Among the changes that are expected to be in the sixth revision are new physical hazard classes and hazard categories, guidance for the physical properties in section 9…

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Waiting for WHMIS – An update on Canada’s adoption of GHS

Oct 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Canada GHS, Chemical Management, GHS Solutions, SDS Management, WHMIS

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The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) which provides Canada’s workplace chemicals hazard communication system recently published its proposed Hazardous Products Regulations and Canada’s GHS adoption in the Canada Gazette. Proposed changes include implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as published by the United Nations without the loss of…

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