OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard (TRN Safety Alert)

From Cliff Gerbick, ASP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) to align it with the United Nations global chemical labeling system. In a process that began decades ago, OSHA has at last published the final rule that will update the current standard to mirror the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

The updates to the standard will provide chemical manufacturers a proscribed format for identifying the hazards associated with chemicals. Currently, OSHA requires all employers to maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

While this requirement will not change, the format in which MSDS are organized will be standardized and must contain the information in the following order:

Section 1. Identification
Section 2. Hazard(s) identification
Section 3. Composition/information on ingredients
Section 4. First-Aid measures
Section 5. Fire-fighting measures
Section 6. Accidental release measures
Section 7. Handling and storage
Section 8. Exposure controls/personal protection
Section 9. Physical and chemical properties
Section 10. Stability and reactivity
Section 11. Toxicological information
Section 12. Ecological information
Section 13. Disposal considerations
Section 14. Transport information
Section 15. Regulatory information
Section 16. Other information, including date of preparation or last revision

In addition, OSHA is phasing out the use of MSDS and will now use the term Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

The other big change to the current standard is the standardized use of pictograms to identify the hazards associated with chemicals. There are nine pictograms used in the GHS and OSHA will adopt eight of them.

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OSHA Respiratory Protection Awareness (TRN Safety Alert)

From Cliff Gerbick, ASP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of videos which will help employers understand the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134). The videos, available in both English and Spanish, provide information that employers can use to determine their individual needs as required by the standard.

As always, employers are required to, when possible, eliminate hazards through Engineering Controls and Administrative/ Work Practice Controls. In the event the hazard cannot be eliminated or controlled through those methods, the videos walk employers through the steps they need to take to protect their employees from respiratory hazards.

The videos cover the following topics:

  • Respirator Protection in General Industry
  • Respirator Protection in Construction
  • Respirator Types
  • Respirator Fit Testing
  • Maintenance and Care of Respirators
  • Medical Evaluations for Workers Who Use Respirators
  • Respiratory Training Requirements
  • Voluntary Use of Respirators

Videos can be accessed by clicking here!

For more information from OSHA on this video catalog click here!

Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@trnstaffing.com.