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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)…

Canada Adopts GHS As WHMIS 2015 and Updates to WHMIS 1988

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…

New partnership, new possibilities for EHS management programs

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…

OSHA Responds to Petition to Extend Deadline for Formulators

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Apple Releases Banned Chemical List

As noted in Macworld’s recent article, Apple published its first list of regulated substances (banned chemical list).  Amid calls for increased scrutiny regarding the potential usage of carcinogenic substances, Apple concluded that no widespread use of benzene or n-hexane had occurred in its manufacturing facilities. In a growing trend amongst product manufacturers, Apple’s move highlights…

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…