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.
The day has arrived when customers have begun to demand more environmentally friendly and safe chemicals—which has naturally led to retailers pushing for the same things. In fact, in today's market, more and more corporations are working to lessen the presence of hazardous chemicals while promoting the use of safer chemicals in their stores and in their merchandise. Chemical compliance dictated by government regulations is no longer the standard for these retailers. These retailers are slowly moving the needle, influencing responsible chemical selection and management across the supply chain.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its standards on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (PSM). Beginning in January of 2016, the federal agency will impose a new interpretation regarding the exemption of retail facilities from chemical compliance.
With the recent passing of the June 1st GHS deadline for chemical manufacturers, questions have arisen regarding the impact that this significant milestone has on companies that still aren’t fully compliant. It has become apparent that many chemical manufacturers, even with the best intentions, have struggled to meet the required June 1st deadline for the creation of the revised Safety Data Sheets.