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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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OSHA Requirements When Using Propane in Your Forklift Fleet

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.

Hazardous Compliance Explained: Shippers & Offerors

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.

Is Cloud-Based SDS Management Right For My Company?

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.

Hazardous Compliance Explained: Environmental vs. Transportation

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.

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How Often Should Dental Offices Update Safety Data Sheets?

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.

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Protecting Workers From a Poor Prognosis

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.

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Hazardous Compliance Explained: Understanding Responsibility

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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Hazardous Compliance Explained: Defining Hazardous

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.

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