Transitioning to the OSHA Globally Harmonized System: Is Your Company Prepared?
On March 20, 2012, OSHA issued the Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule (HCS 2012), one of the most significant regulatory changes to affect workplace health and safety practices in years. In the US, over five million workplaces and 40 million workers are expected to be impacted by this regulatory change.
The need for reform in HazCom regulations became clear as violations of the HCS made their way to the top ten lists of OSHA violations every year. To fulfill this need for change, OSHA built on the existing HCS by adopting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
As we pass the first milestone of implementing the new system, is your company taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance?
December 1, 2013, marked the deadline mandated by OSHA for all employees to be trained on the new labeling elements and the standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).…