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, information presented on safety data sheets, and chemical labeling in the workplace.

According to Maureen Ruskin, the agency’s top official for hazard communication, the first guidebook will focus on implementations for small and medium-sized businesses and a later guidebook will focus specifically on hazard classification.  She expects the OSHA guides to be available within a few months.