Category: HazCom Compliance

OSHA Publishes Hazard Classification Guidance

Mar 2016

Author: SiteHawk

Categories: HazCom Compliance, Product Development, Product Sustainability

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OSHA recently published an OSHA Hazard Classification Guidance document to help manufacturers and importers of chemicals. The document helps them comply with the hazard classification portion of HCS. What is in the OSHA Hazard Classification Guidance? The 432-page OSHA Hazard Classification Guidancedocument provides comprehensive guidance on hazard classification including sections on: The process of data collection…

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OSHA Publishes Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012

Jun 2015

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: HazCom Compliance

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Over two weeks ago, the safety data sheet and labelling requirements under OSHA’s Hazard Communications Standard (HCS 2012) (29 CFR 1910.1200) went into effect. Manufacturers, importers and employers must provide information about chemical hazards on Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and labels. They also must utilize GHS requirements to alert the user for immediate and consistent recognition…

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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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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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OSHA HazCom Guidance Documents In The Works

Mar 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance

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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,…

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Is Just GHS Good Enough?

Feb 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

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

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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…

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Chemical Spill – What’s YOUR Plan?

Jan 2014

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, Community Right-to-Know, HazCom Compliance

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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…

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OSHA Reveals their 2013 Top 10 Violations

Oct 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, General Information, GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance

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OSHA shared their Top 10 violations for 2013, HazCom has an additional 1,460 violation between 2012 and 2013. That’s a 31% increase year over year.

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