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.
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.
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.