The Backstory Since its promulgation in February of 2015, compliance with the Hazardous Products Regulation, and its Hazard Communication Standard, known as WHMIS 2015, have been optional; authors of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the Canadian market could comply with either the existing WHMIS 1988 standard, or the new WHMIS 2015 standard, until June 1,…read more.
The Backstory As you’re probably well-aware by now, under the TSCA Inventory Reset Rule, EPA must now designate chemical substances as either “active” or “inactive,” based on whether a chemical substance was manufactured/imported/processed during a ten-year window from 2006-2016; those manufactured, for example, prior to this, but not since, would be deemed “inactive.” The deadline…read more.
There were several notable changes to OSHA-by-the-numbers in fiscal 2017 and onward into 2018. The first was the two-percent increase in civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards on January 2, 2018, in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. New penalties for willful and…read more.
Any successful business needs a good strategy to compete and win in the marketplace. While many enterprises place great emphasis on product quality and marketing, regulatory compliance can be overlooked and under-emphasized. Often, the warning signs of non-compliance can be subtle, much like the subtlety of the “check engine” light in your car; but ignoring…read more.
The Backstory India’s long-awaited adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling appears to finally be gaining traction. Released in draft form since July 2011, India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests never officially adopted the GHS rules, which were expected to be implemented as part of a broader piece of chemical legislation…read more.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2017 and while the results are preliminary, the agency doesn’t expect much to change as the top-10 list has stayed fairly consistent year over year with slight changes only to the order of the violations. As usual,…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 SDSs when ‘significant information’ for a particular chemical has changed. So, how do you know when it’s time to update your SDSs…read more.
While OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has been in effect for a few years, the specifics of its new guidelines still prompt questions on how to stay compliant in order to maintain a safe working environment for employees. Below are some quick-reference FAQs to serve as an easy guide to the Hazard Communication Standard.…read more.
The Backstory The US EPA has identified a total of five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical substances that must be assessed for their impact to human health and the environment, based upon their intended, known or “reasonably foreseen” conditions of use, per the authority granted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Section 6(h). The…read more.
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.