Picking up from OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding new OSHA regulations that have been enacted as a way to minimize the number of workplace injuries (and resulting workers’ compensation claims) associated with handling or coming into contact with chemical hazards. While Part 1 of this blog focused on the consistent chemical labeling system that employers will have to adopt by December 1, 2013, here in Part 2, we will focus on the new OSHA regulations regarding the updates required for Hazard Communication Standards.
OSHA’s Final Rule: An Update to Hazard Communication Standards
With this aspect of OSHA’s new Final Rule, a handful of significant changes will be implemented regarding Hazard Communication Standards. Among these changes are the following:
- Hazard classification changes that will delineate what types of chemicals pose health and physical hazards to employees
- Changes to safety data sheets that now require 16 specific sections to be included on these sheets
- Label changes that will require chemical manufacturers, as well as companies that import chemicals, to include specific types of labels on chemicals. These labels must have the chemical’s hazard class and category, an OSHA-approved pictogram and any necessary warnings regarding the chemical.
- Training on these changes that employers are required to conduct for employees by December 1, 2013 in order to ensure that employees who deal with chemicals are aware of the latest changes to OSHA regulations.
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