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SDS Record Retention Requirements

The Backstory One of the most common misconceptions about Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is that they must be retained for 30 years. While retaining these documents is certainly a recommended best practice, it is not a regulatory requirement per se. In fact, the regulatory requirement outlined in 29 CFR 1910.1020(d)(1)(ii) is that employee exposure records…read more.

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Hot Topic: OSHA’s Crackdown on the Fertilizer Industry

In an effort to address the dangers related to exposure to fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate and agricultural anhydrous ammonium, OSHA recently launched a program to enforce and emphasize standards under the existing OSHA regulations. The Regional Emphasis Program (REP), which began on October 1, 2018, is now in effect in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma,…read more.

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SDSs South of the Border: Quick Tips on Compliance

The Backstory Mexico’s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) became mandatory on October 9, 2018, exactly three years after it was first promulgated in Mexico’s Official Journal—Diario Oficial de la Federación. What’s Changing With Mexico’s implementation of workplace standard NOM-018-STPS-2015, which adopts elements of the 5th Revised Edition of the GHS, comes significant changes,…read more.

ECHA Proposes Authorization of 18 SVHCs

The Backstory “Authorization” (the “A” in the REACH regulation) is the process whereby manufacturers and importers must seek permission to continue to place a substance on the EU market. Applications for this permission or “Authorization” must be submitted by the Latest Application Date specified for the substance; and eventually, the substance can no longer be…read more.

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Hazardous Compliance Explained: Hazardous Building Codes

We’ve taken a look at the responsibilities associated with hazardous chemicals (OSHA), hazardous materials (DOT) and hazardous substances (EPA), however, it is easy to overlook how the presence of hazards can affect aspects of your workplace. Thus far, the compliance we’ve discussed provides regulation from the perspective of the materials, such as with the transportation…read more.

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The Impact of an Inaccurate Safety Data Sheet

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.

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GHS in Mexico: Deadline Approaching

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.

REACH Final Phase-in Deadline Complete—Now What?

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.

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The Role of SDSs in Risk Mitigation

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.

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Why You Should Pay Attention to Your SDS Database

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.

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