revised Hazard Communication requirements in effect as of June 1
chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers are required to
provide a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard
information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers and
importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement
for each hazard class and category. Beginning in December, distributors may only
ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer if the labels
meet these requirements.
The June 1 deadline
was established when OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard in
2012 with the global standard for chemical product labeling. The provisions for
labeling offer workers better protection from chemical hazards, while also
reducing trade barriers and improving productivity for American businesses that
regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals. The updated standard also
provides cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data
sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the standard, saving businesses
millions of dollars each year.
The new format for Safety Data Sheets requires 16 specific
sections to ensure consistency in presentation of important protection
information. For more information, see OSHA's Hazard Communication webpage.
OSHA NOTE: The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), released an important updated record keeping rule
regarding fatalities and severe injuries that goes into effect on January 1,
Under the new rule, effective January 1, 2015, employers
will have to report the following to OSHA:
All work-related fatalities
All work related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees (formerly
three or more)
All work related amputations (new)
All work related losses of an eye (new)
Employers have three options for reporting events to OSHA:
By telephone to the nearest OSHA Area Office during normal
By telephone to the 24 hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742
OSHA is developing a new means of reporting events electronically, which will
be available soon at www.osha.gov.
more information about the updated reporting requirements, visit OSHA’s webpage
on the revised recordkeeping rule at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014.