The Backstory Many of you who have been working in Hazard Communication during the last decade would scoff at the notion of a “globally harmonized” system of classification—one in which all nations agree on the criteria used to classify the hazards of chemical substances. Although harmonization was the goal when the Globally Harmonization System (GHS)…read more.
Companies using chemical products must produce accurate chemical safety information in accordance with regulations. But interpreting regulations and implementing processes to sustain chemical compliance can be challenging and as such, mistakes are often made. Here, we take a look at some of the most commonly made mistakes when it comes to SDS management and authoring…read more.
The Backstory As many of you know, Canada once required that ingredient concentrations be declared using specified ranges, under the now-defunct Canadian Controlled Products Regulations (CPR); these prescribed ranges were required to be used anytime a product’s concentration of an ingredient varied, or if the manufacturer/importer wished to obfuscate the exact concentration, to protect its…read more.
Over the last few decades, there has been a growing emphasis on the importance of safety in the American workplace. For the pest management industry, there is not only a responsibility to protect employees, but the public. In fact, government regulations and industry programs are in place to help ensure the safe manufacture, distribution, use,…read more.
While making your safety training programs adapt to new technologies or regulations is required in order to stay ahead of any potential hazards, making it fun and engaging is not. But it should be. We all learn better when we’re engaged and interested, so why not take time to make your safety training programs a…read more.
The backstory The Global Harmonization System (GHS) was implemented in the United States through the introduction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard 2012 (OSHA HCS 2012), which entered into force in 2015. Since then, it has become clear that this so-called “harmonization” scheme isn’t so harmonized even regionally, let alone globally.…read more.
By: Julie MacGregor, President and CEO Global Safety Management Categories of Inspections Does OSHA target specific industries? The answer is yes and no. Inspections fall into two categories: Programmed and Unprogrammed. Programmed inspections are done in high risk industries (like chemical processing) or when they want to focus on specific hazards like combustible dust. But,…read more.
When people think of chemicals, it often evokes images of scientists in white coats toiling away in laboratories but in reality, chemicals are also found in many of the products we use at home and at work. And while they have a variety of beneficial uses, chemicals can also be extremely dangerous if misused or…read more.
The Backstory Nothing like a hurricane to stir up the litigation soup. As if things weren’t bad enough already for Crosby, Texas chemical manufacturer—Arkema—who suffered massive damage from Hurricane Harvey, they’re now being sued by the first responders who came to the site during Harvey to fight the fires produced from the degradation of their…read more.
When you run a business, there is never a shortage of things to do. Often, it may seem impossible to stay current on all the ever-changing GHS regulations governing the chemicals in your workplace – but it can be done. Global Safety Management can help you ensure that your safety data sheets (SDSs) are readily…read more.