OSHA Hazardous Communications Enforcement

As many of you know, The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  OSHA set forth a variety of timelines for implementation which can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/effectivedates.html

On June 1, 2016, employers are required to “Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.”  We have seen a recent uptick in OSHA citations for improper labeling or training and expect this trend to continue given it is a fairly easy citation to prove.  Make sure that your training is up to date on the new standards and that labeling accurately reflects the new OSHA requirements.

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