In March 2014, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published its Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals, which is intended to help small employers comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which was published in March 2012 and which becomes effective on June 1, 2015.
OSHA’s HCS, 29 CFR 1910.1200, addresses the informational needs of employers and workers with regard to chemicals. The HCS was first promulgated in 1983, and covered the manufacturing sector. It was later expanded to cover all industries where workers are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals.
In 2012, the HCS was modified to align its provisions with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Many benefits will result from revising the HCS to be consistent with the GHS. In particular, the GHS helps to ensure that imported chemicals will be accompanied by consistent hazard and precautionary information to protect workers exposed in the U.S. In addition, the revised HCS can facilitate trade in chemicals since it reduces potential barriers posed by differing global requirements for classification and labeling of chemicals.
The guide is advisory in nature and informational in content. It is not itself a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. The employer must refer to the appropriate standard to ensure it is in compliance.
Employers are encouraged to contact ShipMate, Inc. at +1 (310) 370-3600 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions regarding the new OSHA Hazard Communication Standard or Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
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