Tuesday, 01 May 2012 19:53

OSHA Publishes Final 'Right to Understand' Rule

OSHA published its final rule aligning its Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard with the Global Harmonization System for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS). The rule, known as HazCom 2012 or the workers’ “Right-to-Understand” rule, substantially changes OSHA’s current standard and affects over 40 million employees at more than 5 million facilities nationwide.

Employers must train all employees on the new HazCom standard before December 1, 2013. Now that the final rule has been published, hazard communication procedures must change. Facilities must apply new chemical classification criteria, replace ALL MSDSs with new Safety Data Sheets, update or replace chemical labels, and train employees on the new standard.

To help industry professionals understand the changes they must make, Lion Technology will offer the Preparing for OSHA’s New GHS Rule Web Seminar monthly through the end of the year, on May 15, Jun 21, Jul  17, Aug 16, Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 15, and Dec18. More information: www.lion.com/Preparing-for-OSHAs-New-GHS-Rule.

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