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.
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).
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.
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:
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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