Safety Data Sheet (SDS): 8 Point Checklist for Your OSHA HazCom

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

Has your facility met the December 1, 2013 deadline for training on hazard communication (hazcom) revisions? OSHA requires that you train your staff on the new safety data sheets and changes that manufacturers are required to make on product labels.

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Topics: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA GHS, Stericycle, HazCom, Hazard Communication Standard, Hazard Communication

16 Hazard Communication (HazCom) and GHS FAQs

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 08:26 AM

Confused about HazCom? You’re not alone. The following are the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that Stericycle representatives have received about the Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).


1. Does my facility have to prepare a written Hazard Communication Program and provide HazCom training?

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Topics: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA GHS, Stericycle, Steri-Safe, HazCom, Hazard Communication Standard, Hazard Communication, GHS

5 Action Items for Hazard Communication (HazCom)

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 02:53 PM

Recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changes require you to complete 5 Action Items to stay compliant. This is because OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) surrounding chemical hazards in the workplace was revised.

1.  Train.

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Topics: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA GHS, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance, HazCom, HazCom, GHS, Hazard Communication Standard, Hazard Communication, GHS solutions

Office Managers: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Revised

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:23 AM


OSHA requires training for all your employees by December 1, 2013. The requirement affects all your employees with potential exposure to hazardous chemicals and has to do with recent changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).

OSHA's training requirement is just the first step toward ensuring that employees not only know about hazardous chemicals but can also understand the information related to hazardous chemicals. OSHA has adopted the Globally Harmonized System to meet this objective .

Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Part of the best practice for the HCS includes “The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, Revision 3.” Although this mouthful of a name sounds a bit like a ‘70s soft drink commercial (teaching the world to sing), the Globally Harmonized System will help protect employees worldwide from chemical hazards by making hazard communication more understandable.


One of the GHS’s features includes pictograms (simplified pictures) to communicate the health or physical hazard (or both) of each of the hundreds of thousands of hazardous chemicals used. The GHS refers to these hazards with pictograms. These GHS pictograms are white, diamond-shaped icons outlined in red with black illustrations in the center. The 8 pictograms that OSHA has adopted include:

    • Health Hazard
    • Flame
    • Exclamation Mark
    • Corrosion
    • Exploding Bomb
    • Gas Cylinder
    • Flame Over Circle
    • Skull and Crossbone

The actual pictograms and detailed GHS information are covered in the Steri-Safe Preferred and Select GHS Safety Meeting, available now.

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