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OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard

On March 26, 2012, OSHA published the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to adopt the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The change is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives, and reduce trade barriers for chemical manufacturers. According to OSHA, for nearly 30 years the original HCS gave workers the “right to know” about chemical hazards in their workplace, but the revised HCS now gives them the “right to understand” those hazards. Read More...

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  1. Create a written Hazard Communication Plan or review your current plan for accuracy. Learn More
  2. Review your chemical inventory or prepare a list of hazardous chemicals in the workplace and attach it to the written hazard communication program. Learn More
  3. Check your safety data sheets (SDSs) against your chemical inventory. Learn More
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  5. Each employee who may be "exposed" to hazardous chemicals when working must be provided information and be trained prior to initial assignment to work with a hazardous chemical. Learn More