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OSHA Revised Hazard Communication Standard. What you need to know and your responsibility under the new rules. Major Changes. Hazard Classification Labels Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Information and Training Deadlines. The new guidelines. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


OSHA Revised Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA Revised Hazard Communication StandardWhat you need to know and your responsibility under the new rulesMajor ChangesHazard ClassificationLabelsSafety Data Sheets (SDS)Information and Training DeadlinesThe new guidelinesOSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)GHS focuses on classifying rather then evaluating chemicalsHazard ClassificationFormerly DeterminationHealth HazardsAcute ToxicitySkin Corrosion/IrritantSerious Eye Damage/IrritantRespiratory or Skin SensitizationGerm Cell MutagenicityCarcinogenicityReproductive ToxicitySpecific Target Organ Toxicity Single ExposureSpecific Target Organ Toxicity Repeat or Prolonged ExposurePhysical CriteriaExplosivesFlammable Gases, Aerosols, Liquids, SolidsOxidizing Gases, Liquids, Solids, PeroxidesGases Under PressureSelf-Reactive ChemicalsPyrophoric Liquids, SolidsSelf-Heating ChemicalsChemicals that come in contact with water, emit flammable gasesCorrosive to MetalsLabelsMust include the following information:Product IdentifierSupplier IdentificationSignal Words (Danger, Warning)Hazard Statements (i.e., fatal if swallowed)PictogramsPrecautionary StatementsPrevention (Personal Protection, Procedures)Response (if exposed)StorageDisposalMay include Supplementary Hazard InformationThese are things like directions for use, date of expiration, etc.Health Hazard

CarcinogenRespiratory SensitizerMutagenicityTarget Organ ToxicityReproductive ToxicityAspiration ToxicityFlame

FlammablesPyrophoricsSelf-HeatingEmits Flammable gasSelf-ReactivesOrganic PeroxidesExclamation Mark

Irritant (skin and eye)Skin SensitizerAcute Toxicity (harmful)Narcotic EffectsRespiratory Tract IrritantHazardous to Ozone Layer (Non-mandatory)Gas Cylinder

Gases Under PressureCorrosion

Skin Corrosion/BurnsEye DamageCorrosive to MetalsExploding Bomb

ExplosivesSelf-ReactivesOrganic PeroxidesFlame Over Circle


Aquatic ToxicitySkull and Crossbones

Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)Safety Date Sheets (SDS)Formerly: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)Will include much of the same information. The information is now just required to be formatted in a standard layout of 16 different sectionsSections 1-11, 16 are mandatory under OSHA (sections 12-15 are not mandatory under OSHA)Safety Data Sheets (SDS)Sections IncludeSection 1: IdentificationSection 2: Hazard IdentificationSection 3: Composition/Information on IngredientsSection 4: First-Aid MeasuresSection 5: Fire-Fighting MeasuresSection 6: Accidental Release MeasuresSection 7: Handling and StorageSection 8: Exposure Controls/PPESection 9: Physical and Chemical PropertiesSection 10: Stability and Reactivity

Section 11: Toxicological InformationSection 12: Ecological InformationSection 13: Disposal ConsiderationsSection 14: Transport InformationSection 15: Regulatory InformationSection 16: Other Information Including Date of Preparation or Last RevisionHazCom ProgramThis is a written policy for your business regarding the employees right to know the exposures they might face in the workplace.The HCS provides people the right-to-know the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to in the workplace. When employees have this information, they may effectively participate in their employers protective programs and take steps to protect themselves. In addition, the standard gives employers the information they need to design and implement an effective protective program for employees potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals. Together these actions will result in a reduction of chemical source illnesses and injuries in American workplaces.HazCom ProgramAn individual within the company must be assigned to the task of overseeing the HazCom program. Part of their responsibilities include:Maintaining a list of chemicals in useUpdating the list as new chemicals are purchasedProviding additional training as new hazards are introducedMake sure SDSs on file are current and up-to-dateThere are model HazCom programs available as well as free software tools to help you create your own program.HazCom ProgramImportant Note: SDSs must be kept in janitorial closets AND company automobilesImportant DatesDecember 1, 2013: You must have all employees trained on the new label elements and SDS formatYou may want to document this training (paid mandatory training session, sign off sheet or exam)June 1, 2015:All chemicals shipped after this date must be labeled under the new systemJune 1, 2016:Employers must have in place all Safety Data Sheets, Labels and HazCom programs which are in compliance with the new OSHA standard.


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