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.
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.
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.
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.
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.