The following information concerning new hazard communication requirements comes directly from OSHA, via the agency’s “QuickTakes” e-newsletter.
Free Webinar on New Hazard Communication Requirements
As part of its alliance with OSHA, the Society of Chemical Hazard Communication will host a free webinar from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 25, 2013. OSHA’s presentation, “Hazard Communication 2012: One Year of Implementation,” will focus on classification, labeling, safety data sheets and training, as well as how manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers can meet the compliance requirements during the transition period. Register by July 24 to participate.
By December 1, 2013, all employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must conduct new training for workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard has been revised to align it with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.
OSHA has prepared a number of materials to assist employers in complying with the new updates. The Hazard Communication web page explains the changes and contains a number of materials including: a new fact sheet that reviews the new training requirements, QuickCards that review the new pictogram label requirements and a document on labels and pictograms.
The free hazard communication webinar will take place Thursday, July 25, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST.
Register for the webinar by clicking here.
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