OSHA HazCom Updates: What You Need to Do and When
As you know the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which means a new to-do list for many printers. Last time we told you about the EHS resources available even if you missed the initial training deadline of December 2013.
Here is a “Who, What, Why, When, and Where” overview to give you a clearer explanation of what you need to do and when to do it to remain in compliance.
WHO Do These New Standards Affect?
All printing operations are subject to the Hazard Communication Standard because of the use of chemicals such as inks, toners, cleaning solutions, etc. As a printing operation, you must provide information to your employees about the hazards associated with your chemicals, including how to work with them in a safe manner through labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), which are replacing the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and provide more detailed information in a uniform format.
WHAT Actions Must My Company Take?
The Hazard Communication Standard requires all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to:
- Prepare and implement a written hazard communication program.
- Develop a written inventory of products that contain hazardous chemicals.
- Obtain, maintain, and make available to employees SDSs for all products on the written inventory.
- Ensure all containers, including in-plant or secondary ones, are properly labeled.
- Conduct employee training.
Due to the revisions made by OSHA to incorporate the GHS (the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling Chemicals), there are several changes printing operations need to make within the next two years to meet the new requirements. The main areas covered follow.
Initial employee training to be completed by December 1, 2013. If you have not started training your employees yet or need help, see the training materials here (member login required).