Posted: December 28, 2012
Earlier this year, OSHA released its Final Rule revising the Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200). The first compliance deadline is December 1, 2013, and requires employers to train employees on new elements that will be appearing on the labels of hazardous chemicals and the new format for Safety Data Sheets. (Note: material safety data sheets, or MSDS, are now referred to as Safety Data Sheets, or SDS.) Now is the time to understand what you must do to be in compliance with the revised regulation.
You can learn more about the revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard in an article that NFDA OSHA General Counsel Edward Ranier wrote earlier this year.
NFDA members must complete all training on the new SDS and labeling requirements before the required completion date of December 1, 2013. This is essential since OSHA will, without any doubt, begin making inspections after December 1, 2013, to confirm compliance with the first required completion date.
Complete information about the new requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard can be found on the OSHA website, www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom. This page contains a variety of information, such as Q&A's and fact sheets, to help you understand your compliance obligations.
NFDA members who have questions about the new legal requirements created by the revised Hazard Communication Standard, need assistance in meeting the first required completion date of December 1, 2013, can rely on NFDA for assistance. Members may call the NFDA OSHA Hotline for guidance at no cost. Additionally, NFDA will host a webinar to help you understand revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard and compliance requirements for funeral homes. Look for details on the webinar in 2013!
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