Labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous chemicals are getting a makeover, and practices should have trained their staff to understand them by Dec. 1, 2013.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication standard, aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. Labels and SDSs will use pictograms and other elements in a new, standard format. Companies have until 2016 to roll out their new labels and SDSs, but you may have started seeing some as early as Dec. 1 — thus the Dec. 1 training deadline.
OSHA has published a training requirements fact sheet that explains what you need to teach your staff, as well as these training aids:
Remember, OSHA requires all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplace to have labels and readily accessible SDSs for their exposed workers, and to train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
TMA Can Help
- Our on-demand OSHA training webinar meets the requirements for annual OSHA training, including the hazard communication training. This five-part webinar comes with downloadable forms and a poster. Register now.
- In addition, if you purchased a 2012 or earlier edition of OSHA Program Manual for Medical Facilities from TMA, you can download a free Hazard Communication standard update by logging in to your account at www.texmed.org/education. Go to My Products, and find the update under the Materials tab for the OSHA manual. You can incorporate the update into your existing manual and also use it as a training aid. The 2013 editions of OSHA Program Manual for Medical Facilities already incorporate the update.
- You can buy a current edition of OSHA Program Manual for Medical Facilities in the TMA Education Center.
- Check out TMA's OSHA page for additional information about OSHA standards.
Revised Nov. 22, 2013
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