Workplace chemicals present countless hazards which is why OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standards (HazCom) exists. It requires companies producing and/or using hazardous chemicals to provide employees with information and training relevant to the hazardous chemicals, their handling, protective measures, and any other significant safety concerns in accordance with OSHA’s Right-to-Know Standard. The OSHA standards help employers…read more.
A Little Background While many in industry regard Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as a tedious formality—a document that is seldom read—the information in an SDS can have very serious downstream effects, especially if it’s inaccurate. Something as seemingly benign as a supplier listing the wrong Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) number in Section 3 of the…read more.
The Backstory Mexico’s existing regulation governing the content of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), NMX -019-SCFI-2011, is a voluntary guideline—it was not made compulsory under Mexico’s workplace hazardous chemicals regulation, NOM-018-STPS-2000. Hence, existing SDS in Mexico may conform to numerous different formats and presentation of the data, leading to confusion and interfering with first responders’ ability…read more.
The Backstory When the REACH regulation took effect some eleven years ago, in June of 2007, it seemed like plenty of time was available to meet the final phase-in registration deadline of May 31, 2018, for substances placed on the European Economic Area (EEA) market in quantities of 1-100 tonnes per year, but as the…read more.
As we’ve discussed previously, hazard communication violations rank No. 2 on OSHA’s list of violations. so clearly, OSHA will continue to take violations in this category seriously – as they should. But an SDS can only mitigate risk if those exposed to and handling the hazardous materials know how to read and interpret them. What…read more.
While all companies should periodically review, revise, and update their safety data sheet database, most don’t – that is, until a workplace incident is documented and OSHA takes the time to also review their HazCom paperwork. But by then, it’s too late. Changes should, of course, be made to SDS databases as necessary as new…read more.
The Backstory Under Article 45 of Regulation EC 1272/2008 (Classification, Labelling and Packaging), manufacturers and importers placing certain hazardous mixtures on the market in a Member State (MS) of the European Economic Area (EEA) must provide information to the appointed body of that MS. This information is ultimately used by poison centers to advise consumers…read more.
Is your forklift fleet going to be working with propane? Excellent! However, the substance is one that is extremely volatile and can be extraordinarily dangerous if not handled properly. Have no fear, there are steps you can take to enhance safety and assure all using this material do so in an appropriate manner. OSHA, or…read more.
The Backstory As we reported in October 2017, the use of prescribed concentration ranges, as required under the previous WHMIS 1988 regulation, were back on the docket, and open for public comment until November 2017. As you’ll recall, Health Canada once required that ingredient concentrations be declared using specified or “prescribed” ranges, which were required…read more.
OSHA places the responsibility for communicating hazards with the entity that is responsible for the product – manufacturer, distributor or importer – essentially, whoever is identified on the SDS. The EPA then states that whoever generates the waste is responsible for its proper disposal. And the Department of Transportation is the presiding agency for the…read more.