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Complying with the Revised OSHA HazComm Rule


What you need to do and when to comply with new HazComm rules going into effect.

What you need to do and when to comply with new HazComm rules going into effect.

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  • The fundamental principle of Hazcom is the employee’s right to know…About the hazardous substances they’re exposed toWhy those substances are hazardousHow to protect against those hazardsGHS builds on the “right to know” and pushes employers to help employees understand what they’re being exposed to, by using the following methods (the same you use today) to communicate that information to employees:Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), now called Safety Data Sheets (SDS) with a slightly different format;Labels; and Information and training.So it’s important to know that the system isn’t changing – it’s just being updated for further clarity and aid in understanding.
  • If you get your hazardous chemicals from an outside supplier, you won’t bear the burden of creating the SDS and label. Under current rules, chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors are responsible for label and SDS creation. This is the same under GHS.Your responsibility as an employer:Make sure you get the PROPER VERSION of these new labels and SDSs for each hazardous substance at your workplace (BEFORE THE DEADLINE).Furthermore, while the content of your MSDS binders or access systems will change, the fundamental system of how you store and make MSDSs/SDSs at your workplace accessible to your employees does not have to change. If the current system is giving sufficient access to employees, nothing need be changed aside from content.Employers with outside suppliers for their chemical products are thereby most impacted by the Dec. 1, 2013 and June 1, 2016 dates, because those are the deadlines to have completed training and to have implemented all of the changed documents from suppliers, manufacturers, etc.
  • WI: CWA 4603 training on Employee Free Choice Act and Healthcare by Casie Yoder of AFL-CIO is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.Based on a work at beyond the scope of this license may be available at
  • A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) by United States Department of Labor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.Based on a work at
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  • 1. HazCom is changing to GHS:What does this mean for my company and employees?
  • 2.  Background Overview Timeline What is changing? How to train employees Additional Learning Resources
  • 3. Why the changes?How do the changes affect yourcompany and your employees?
  • 4.  Original Hazard Communication Standard (1983) ◦ “Right to Know” Revised Standard ◦ “Right to Understand” Aligned with GHS
  • 5.  Enhances worker comprehension of hazards Reduces confusion in workplace Facilitates safety training Safer handling and use of chemicals Quicker and more efficient access to information on safety data sheets (SDSs)
  • 6.  US businesses save more than $475 million in productivity improvements Fewer SDSs and label updates needed Provides simpler HazCom training Reduces trade barriers  harmonized systems around the world
  • 7.  Abbreviated: GHS A common, coherent approach to define, classify and communicate hazards from chemicals Agreed upon by the UN General Assembly ◦ Modeled after existing systems in US, Canada, and Europe
  • 8.  Standardized system across countries ◦ Creates systems in countries where none exist Enhances global trade ◦ Fewer compliance burdens between different systems Enhances protection of humans and the environment
  • 9.  What was Classification Communication hazardous before Criteria Requirements is STILL • Health and • Labels hazardous environmental • Safety Data hazards GHS standardizes Sheets (SDS) methods of • Physical • Training hazards classifying and communicating hazards
  • 10. Acute Toxicity CarcinogenicityReproductive Toxicity Hazardous to Aquatic Environment*Target Organ Toxicity (Single Serious Eyeand Repeat Dose) Damage/IrritationAspiration Toxicity Respiratory/Skin SensitizationSkin Corrosion/Irritation Germ Cell Mutagenicity *Exception: OSHA has no jurisdiction over aquatic toxicity (GHS does)
  • 11. Explosives Self-HeatingFlammability Organic PeroxidesOxidizers Corrosive to MetalsSelf-Reactive Gases Under PressurePyrophoric Water Activated Flammable Gases
  • 12. Dec 1, 2013 June 1, 2015 Dec 1, 2015 June 1, 2016• Train employees • Reclassified • All GHS Label • HazCom on new label and prepared Requirements program must elements and GHS-compliant must be comply with SDS format SDSs implemented GHS• Affects • Affects Chemical • Affects Chemical • Proper GHS employers Manufacturers, Manufacturers, labels Importers, Importers, • Proper SDS Distributors, Distributors, Employers Employers • Additional employee training to follow updated HazCom program • Affects everyone
  • 13.  Comply with either existing Hazard Communication Standards (HCS) or the revised HCS, or both It is okay if both standards for labels and SDSs are present in workplace (until 6/1/2016)
  • 14.  Revisions Did Not Change… ◦ Who is covered by HCS ◦ Ability to protect trade secrets on labels, in SDSs, etc. ◦ What types of substances are covered The Bottom Line: ◦ Documents will look different. ◦ The chemicals are the same.
  • 15. What exactly is different?
  • 16.  Biggest change Only employers who manufacture products/by- products are involved New Process ◦ Specific criteria for each health & physical hazard ◦ Detailed instructions for hazard evaluation and determinations ◦ Hazard classes divided into hazard categories
  • 17.  Who is affected? ◦ Everyone ◦ Especially chemical manufacturers and importers Harmonized Labels ◦ Signal Word ◦ Pictogram ◦ Hazard Statement ◦ Precautionary Statement 6 Months to update labels when new information becomes known
  • 18.  Used to indicate relative level of severity of hazard Alerts reader to potential hazard on label “Danger” = more severe hazard “Warning” = less severe hazards “Caution” = no longer used
  • 19.  Graphic: ◦ White Background ◦ Red Square Frame ◦ Black Symbol Conveys specific information about hazards of chemical 9 under GHS, only 8 required under OSHA HCS
  • 20.  Assigned to hazard class and category Describes the nature of the hazard(s) of chemical (including degree of hazard, if appropriate) Example: ◦ “Fire or protection hazard” ◦ “Fatal if inhaled”
  • 21.  Describes measures to be taken to minimize/prevent adverse effects that result from exposure to hazardous chemical, improper storage, etc. Type Example Statements Prevention Do not spray on open flame or other ignition source. Response Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Storage Protect from sunlight. Store in a well ventilated place.
  • 22. Key Label Elements:Product IdentifierSupplier IdentifierChemical IdentityHazard Pictograms*Signal Words*Hazard Statements*Precautionary Information*Harmonized
  • 23. Product Identifier & Chemical Identity
  • 24. SupplierIdentifier
  • 25. (Harmonized) HazardPictograms
  • 26. (Harmonized) Signal Words
  • 27. (Harmonized)Hazard Statements
  • 28. PrecautionaryInformation
  • 29. MSDS SDS• Content Requirements • Content Requirements• No Format (Order Counts!) Requirements • Format Requirements• Difficult to use during • Most critical training information shown first
  • 30. What do employees need toknow by June 1, 2013?
  • 31.  Training should include: ◦ How to read labels and SDSs ◦ How to respond safely to chemical hazards Major changes are just revised elements of HCS Ongoing training  continue as usual
  • 32.  Train employees BEFORE the labels appear Make sure employees understand the labels
  • 33. Where to learn more about theOSHA HazCom Revisions
  • 34.  “The Purple Book” published by the UN (also available on OSHA website) OSHA Quick Cards for SDSs, Labels, and Pictograms
  • 35.  OSHA’s “Hazard Communication” Webpage ◦ Highlights and key information about HazCom, according to OSHA and the United States Dept. of Labor Facts on Aligning the Hazard Communication Standard to the GHS ◦ Published by OSHA ◦ FAQ about the changes
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