Why is HazCom important?

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HazCom training is an important part of a workplace’s overall safety efforts. Providing employees with training that is specifically for HazCom will help them to understand the various standards that are used throughout many industries. This will help ensure new employees, contractors, and visitors to a facility are able to conduct themselves safely. It will

Which Countries are Participating in GHS?

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Although the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is not a legal requirement, many countries are choosing to adopt this new standard because it simplifies the transport and storage of chemicals. Those involved in the chemical trade will no longer need to create multiple labels and information sheets to sell their products

GHS Transition Tips…in Case You’ve Been Procrastinating

The transition from OSHA’s old Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to the new standard that incorporates the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is well underway, as employers were required to train their employees on the changes to chemical labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) by December 1 of last year. OSHA wanted the end users of

Chemical Hazards in the Workplace and How to Prepare for Them

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Does your company have hazardous chemicals in the workplace? If so, you’re required to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, which requires you to develop day-to-day and emergency procedures for handling hazardous chemicals and then properly train employees in those procedures. Understanding the specific types of chemical hazards and how to prepare for the type(s)

HazCom: Simplified Program Ideas for Safety Managers

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Many hazardous substances and materials enter the workplace, but some industries certainly use more hazardous materials than others. Even if your facility only uses one hazardous chemical, though, your company is still required to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS). This standard states employees have a right to know the names of

The GHS and You – 5 Big Changes

If your workplace handles chemicals, particularly as the initial producer or as a distributor to clients, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the global harmonization system (GHS) of classification and labeling chemicals, or the GHS, for short. What is the GHS? The GHS, first proposed to the United Nations in 1992, is an attempt at

Working with Poisons and Gases

Most people don’t have to work with or even around poisons or gasses very often, but it is still important to ensure every workplace has safety policies in place. Whether a workplace uses chemicals that can give off poisonous gases on a regular basis, or they just have solutions that if improperly mixed could cause

WHMIS – Your Guide to Hazardous Materials Labeling in the Workplace

Across a range of industries, chemicals and controlled substances are imported and exported on a daily bases. In fact, in most industrial production settings, you’d be hard-pressed to find a warehouse or facility not using these materials. The WHMIS is Canada’s “Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System,” and seeks to keep workers informed of the type

GHS Update: Blacking Out Pictograms

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GHS Labeling Gets Cleared Up The December deadline for the first wave of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) implementation has come and gone, but the confusion still resonates among many in the industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has tried to make the transition as smooth as possible by providing the necessary information