Recently, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has released its new Final Rule regarding Hazard Communications in the workplace. By attempting to reduce potential miscommunications regarding workplace hazards, these new regulations are intended to:
- Promote workplace safety
- Minimize the possibility of workplace injuries due to contact with or exposure to potential chemical hazards
- Ultimately reduce the number of workers’ compensation claims related to chemical contact or exposure that are filed in the U.S. each year.
Among the specific topics covered by OSHA’s new Final Rule are following:
- The establishment of a consistent chemical labeling system
- An update to hazard communications standards
- The adoption of nine pictograms that will more clearly identify different types of chemical hazards
- An extensive update to safety data sheets for chemical hazards.
It’s important to note that, by December 1, 2013, U.S. companies will be required to comply with these new OSHA regulations.
OSHA’s Final Rule: Consistent Chemical Labeling System
Companies that import or export chemicals or that purchase or sell chemicals within the U.S. will be, according to this new rule, required to use the same chemical labeling system as each other to prevent potential misidentification or misunderstandings about the nature of the chemicals being used in or that are present in the workplace. Specifically, these companies will be required to use the international Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. By having a standard method of classifying and referring to chemicals, OSHA officials believe that the risks to employees handling these chemicals will be significantly reduced.
Colorado Workers Compensation Lawyers
If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers compensation claim, it’s essential that you contact the Colorado workers compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.