A Chemical Safety Data Sheet, or chemical SDS, provides much-needed information about hazards that are located within the workplace. OSHA and EPA regulations help companies create risk management programs in order to minimize exposure to chemicals.
It’s understandable to feel stressed when thinking about being inspected by OSHA. Thankfully, OSHA has made strides to ensure employers have the necessary information to feel adequately prepared.
Ever since OSHA implemented new chemical labeling requirements in June of 2015, there has been some confusion among chemical manufacturers in the U.S. In particular, they want to know if they should use the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of classification or U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) labeling system. Although both systems are designed to alert handlers of hazardous chemicals inside any container, be it a bag, bottle, box, barrel, can, cylinder, drum, etc., they go about it in slightly different ways.
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 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.