OSHA has finally unveiled the long-awaited changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Almost every workplace will be affected by these changes, which includes the adoption of portions of the internationally acclaimed Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
The previous HCS, known by many names like “HAZCOM” or “worker right-to-know law”, made sure employees were educated about the chemical hazards in the workplace. The new HCS, on the other hand, emphasizes a worker’s “right to understand.” Since knowing and understanding are on the same cognitive level of wisdom, we will have to see what this really means. My guess is that Knowing is only half the battle in this system; employees must demonstrate a level of understanding and application.
Here are the Major changes of the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200):
OSHA released the following extended compliance dates:
SEA has developed an integrated system to help you comply with the elements of the new GHS standard. The SEA system includes:
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