The Backstory Historically, many genotoxic carcinogens, such as benzene and nickel compounds, were thought to have linear dose-response curves, meaning that nearly any dosage level—even infinitesimally small doses of the substance—would produce some toxic effect. Although threshold limit values were assigned by certain European Union Members States, and even at the EU-level in some cases…read more.
This is a question that is often asked by companies – and the short answer to the question is a resounding ‘YES!’ There are, however, conditions that must be met. For electronic workplace SDS compliance, OSHA requires that the availability and accessibility of electronic SDSs be included in your organization’s Hazard Communication Plan. An OSHA-defined…read more.
Hopefully, the previous post in this series gave you a better understanding of responsibility for safety data sheets and chemical labeling. Whenever questions arise about a product’s chemistry, instinct tells us to examine its SDS. However, as discussed previously, there is an inherent problem in the reliability of some of the information found on SDS…read more.
The Backstory Unlike the United States, which has no official national emergency response number requirement for its Safety Data Sheets (SDS) regulated under the authority of OSHA, the picture is quite different in the European Union (EU). In the EU, most Member States (MS) have appointed an official emergency response center, whose contact information must…read more.
As an employer, compliance is always top-of-mind. Much of OSHA’s standards are very clearly defined and as such, very easy to follow. There are, however, a few gray areas regarding the update of SDS/MSDSs when ‘significant information’ for a particular chemical has changed. So, how do you know when it’s time to update your SDSs…read more.
The Backstory Those manufacturing and importing phase-in chemical substances to the European Economic Area (EEA) in annual quantities of 1-100 tonnes have until May 31, 2018 to register these substances with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which represents the third and final phase-in deadline since initial phase-in registration began in 2010. What’s Changing The Directors…read more.
Asbestos is a durable mineral with an infamous history, but it’s also an often overlooked indoor health hazard. Prior to 1980, it was very common for buildings and homes to be built with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) up until it’s dangerous health effects were discovered. Not only can exposure lead to a number of chronic illnesses,…read more.
Previously, we discussed what hazardous means, clarifying that each agency involved has its own term. And while the criteria for the classification of such terms – hazardous chemical (OSHA), hazardous material (PHMSA), and hazardous substance (EPA) – may overlap, they do also differ, and these agencies and others reference these three terms differ depending on…read more.
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Manufacturers and distributors alike are subject to compliance, but attitudes toward compliance from those entities range from blissful ignorance to deliberate defiance. But navigating the laws and agencies can prove challenging at best. The goal of this article series is to provide insight into the communication and handling of what is and is not hazardous…read more.