OSHA to Hold Press Conference on GHS Changes to Hazard Communication Standard
Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis will hold a teleconference with the media today to announce updates to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103328861331-48/NAT-OSHA-12-481-HazCom+Press+Call+ADVISORY.pdf
These updates include the incorporation of certain principals of the international Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals (GHS). It is widely anticipated that on March 26, 2012; the final rule for the revision to the Hazard Communication standard will be published in the Federal Register.
Employers will have 2 years after the publication date to train their employees on aspects of GHS such as hazard classifications, definitions of GHS physical and health hazards, pictograms, SDS and the new required label elements. Within 3 years of the publication date, employers will need to have replaced all existing MSDS with the new GHS SDS format.
When the final rule is published in the Federal Register, Safetec will provide you with all the details you need to know to ensure that you will hit the required compliance deadlines.
Safetec combines technology with regulatory expertise to ensure compliance with OSHA’s new Hazard Communication standard. We have experts that can conduct chemical inventories to reconcile materials on site with proper (M)SDS documentation, manage your (M)SDS collection, and work with your suppliers to obtain the required SDS format.
The bottom line is that Safetec provides turn-key service for its customers with respect to Hazard Communication compliance, as well as many other OSHA and EPA standards.
Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss how Safetec can serve you.