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Chemical Hazards in the Workplace and How to Prepare for Them

Chemical Hazard, Chemical Exposure

5 min read 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) … Read more

HazCom: Simplified Program Ideas for Safety Managers

Hazardous Chemicals, HazCom

4 min read 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 … Read more

The GHS and You – 5 Big Changes

4 min read 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 … Read more

The Colors of Safety – Using Common Color Associations to Promote Workplace Safety

3 min read Many of our lifelong associations between shapes, colors, and symbols are formed in our early years of life and follow us for decades. This “universal language” helps us to visually communicate with one another, even when coming from different backgrounds and cultures. In the workplace, these types of associations most often manifest themselves in the … Read more

GHS Update: Blacking Out Pictograms

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4 min read 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 … Read more

Preparing for the GHS Changeover

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3 min read What is GHS? The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is a global approach to hazard communication. It is  one unified system around the globe that will now be used to classify chemical hazards,  label elements, and create safety data sheets. The GHS implementation will be a gradual process phased in over the next few years as … Read more