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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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What Triggers an OSHA Inspection?

For many compliance professionals, OSHA elicits a very negative response. Our hope is that by the end of this article, you’ll have a completely different perspective. The reality is that OSHA’s goal is to make the workplace safer – and that should be your goal, too. Because even if you’re not driven by the higher…read more.

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How Do I Know If I Have a GHS-Compliant SDS?

We’re often asked how to know if SDSs are GHS-compliant. And while there are many factors that contribute to compliance, we’ll break down some of the biggest considerations so you can know – beyond the shadow of a doubt – if your supplier has provided you a GHS-compliant SDS. It is important to note, however,…read more.

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Understanding the Physical and Chemical Properties of an SDS

A Little Background As you know, the physical and chemical properties of a material describe how it behaves when heated, frozen, combined with other chemicals; what the material looks like; what it smells like, etc. Some properties are more intuitive than others (color, odor, etc.), and today we focus on a few of the more…read more.

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5 Key Elements of The HazCom Standard

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.

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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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ECHA Releases New Format for Poison Center Notifications

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.

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