OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard – One Year Later (TRN Update)


From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

It has been approximately one year since the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  Now that employers have had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the changes they should be well prepared for the upcoming requirements that are going into effect in 2013.

By December 1, 2013, all employers must train all of their employees on the new requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200.  The main items in which employees must be trained are the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format and the pictograms that OSHA will be utilizing to identify hazards.  Additional items are required further down the line but December 1, 2013 is the first in a series of deadlines that both manufacturers and employers must meet to be in compliance with the new standard.

For further reading on 29 CFR 1910.1200 and GHS, please visit: (LINK: osha.gov)

Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@TRNstaffing.com.

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