Tag: GHS Compliance

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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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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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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The Cost of Safety and Compliance

Aug 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: Chemical Management, HazCom Compliance

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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.

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HazCom Compliance: GHS Labeling the Latest from OSHA

May 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: GHS Solutions, HazCom Compliance

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Workplace Labeling seems to be the single most asked about impact related the current transition of OSHA Hazcom 2012 with GHS. OSHA hasn’t changed general requirements for workplace labeling—and gives Employers the option to create their own workplace labels—however, there are caveats.

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Common Mistakes When Authoring SDSs and GHS Compliance

Mar 2013

Author: kmcgee

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

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Although OSHA has not (at this time) published any guidance documents for field auditors regarding updated SDSs it is easy to say that an outdated SDS will stand out like a sore thumb. As you look to update SDSs for your products here are some of the most common mistakes and misconceptions regarding authoring an updated SDS for your consideration:

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How Big is Your GHS Compliance Gap: GHS Audit Report

Mar 2013

Author: Compliance Specialist

Categories: GHS Solutions

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HazCom 2012 requires companies to update all of your material safety data sheets (MSDS) to comply with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Do you have an easy way of determining how many of your safety data sheets are GHS-compliant?

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Hazcom 2012 Enforcement Guidance — A Muddy Picture Begins to Clear (Slowly).

Oct 2012

Author: Compliance Specialist

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

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This picture is still under reconstruction as NFPA works toward enforcement guidance related to emergency responder use of the “diamond” label going forward.

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