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.
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.
Arkema & Hurricane Harvey It was approximately one year ago that Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast, dropping a torrent of rainfall on the area, producing flood waters thought to occur only once every 500 years! As these flood waters rose to some 6 feet in depth, knocking out power and back-up generators, Arkema knew…read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.