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.
Any successful business needs a good strategy to compete and win in the marketplace. While many enterprises place great emphasis on product quality and marketing, regulatory compliance can be overlooked and under-emphasized. Often, the warning signs of non-compliance can be subtle, much like the subtlety of the “check engine” light in your car; but ignoring…read more.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2017 and while the results are preliminary, the agency doesn’t expect much to change as the top-10 list has stayed fairly consistent year over year with slight changes only to the order of the violations. As usual,…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 SDSs when ‘significant information’ for a particular chemical has changed. So, how do you know when it’s time to update your SDSs…read more.
Companies using chemical products must produce accurate chemical safety information in accordance with regulations. But interpreting regulations and implementing processes to sustain chemical compliance can be challenging and as such, mistakes are often made. Here, we take a look at some of the most commonly made mistakes when it comes to SDS management and authoring…read more.
When people think of chemicals, it often evokes images of scientists in white coats toiling away in laboratories but in reality, chemicals are also found in many of the products we use at home and at work. And while they have a variety of beneficial uses, chemicals can also be extremely dangerous if misused or…read more.
The Backstory Nothing like a hurricane to stir up the litigation soup. As if things weren’t bad enough already for Crosby, Texas chemical manufacturer—Arkema—who suffered massive damage from Hurricane Harvey, they’re now being sued by the first responders who came to the site during Harvey to fight the fires produced from the degradation of their…read more.