Eugene, Ore. – SafeTec Compliance Systems (SafeTec) announced today the launch of its new product, SafeTec Essentials™; created to help small- and medium-sized companies meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance standards with safety data sheet (SDS) management and safety training tools.
If you’ve been tracking GHS timelines, you know today is a big day. December 1st marks the effective completion date for compliance rules stating distributors shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it has a HazCom 2012 label.
OSHA recently updated its Hazard Communication web page by incorporating drop-down tabs for all topics related to the revised standard. You can now easily find links to letters of interpretation, the standard, guidance documents and frequently asked questions. Also included are great resources such as links to the Regulatory Cooperation Council information and history and background on how OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard aligns with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling.
In 1996, genetically modified crops were introduced to the fields of the world. One of the purported benefits of these genetically modified organisms was the reduced need for pesticides and herbicides. The modified genes were designed to produce the toxins from inside the plant, rather than require application from outside. Initially, this concept seemed well-founded as a worldwide dip in pesticide and herbicide use was recorded at the end of the last millennium. Life, however, can adapt at a remarkable pace. Increasingly, scientists and agronomists discovered new varieties of plants and insects that had developed a resistance to the compounds the modified crops produced.