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Compliance Resources for Revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA has two resources to help employers meet the initial December 1, 2013, compliance deadline for the training requirements of the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. By that date, employers, including funeral service employers, must train workers on the new label requirements and safety data sheets.

In addition to a revised fact sheet, OSHA has also published a brief explaining the new labeling elements, identifying what goes on a label, and describing what pictograms are and how to use them. It provides manufacturers, importers, distributors and other employers with a step-by-step guide to create a label that meets the requirements of the revised standard. The deadline for adopting the new labels and pictogram's is June 1, 2015.

NFDA should download these documents and use them as reference and training materials for affected staff. Both documents are available free of charge from the Hazard Communication Standard page on OSHA's web site: www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom.

If you have questions about the revised Hazard Communication Standard and are a member of NFDA, you may call the free NFDA OSHA Hotline for advice. Experts answering the NFDA OSHA Hotline can questions about compliance with federal and state OSHA regulations.

OSHA-related legal questions regarding standard can be addressed to Edward M. Ranier, Esquire, NFDA OSHA and labor legal counsel, at 410-967-1812 or ranierlaw@gmail.com.