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OSHA Signals Potential HazCom Changes

Although many organizations are still wrestling with the operational implications of the adoption of GHS in OSHA 2012, OSHA has recently signaled that the agency may consider more HazCom changes in the next round of rulemaking. Are HazCom Changes in the Works? OSHA HazCom is based on Revision 3 of the UN GHS purple book. In a meeting…

SDS Management Update – A New & Improved Localization for Korea

SiteHawk is pleased to announce the release of an improved translation for the Korean version of our SDS management solution, SiteHawk Communicator. This enhanced localization was performed by native speakers to provide a more accurate and user-friendly interface for SDS management in Korean. SiteHawk Communicator is offered in 26 languages and there are data sets…

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

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…

OSHA Begins Rule-Making Process In November Meeting

OSHA is beginning the rule-making process to update the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012 or OSHA 2012). On October 28, OSHA signaled that the process to revise these regulations has begun by publishing a meeting notice in the Federal Register for an informal discussion on hazard communication rule-making. This meeting is to be held on…

Try, Try Again…

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…

Increase in OSHA Fines

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…

OSHA Publishes Hazard Classification Guidance

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…

OSHA Publishes Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012

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…

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

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,…

WHMIS 2015 – Transition Period and Key Findings

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)…