OSHA issued instructions yesterday to compliance safety and health officers on how to ensure consistent enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication standard. OSHA revised the Hazard Communication standard in March 2012 to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The revised standard is intended to improve the quality, consistency and clarity of chemical hazard information that workers receive. Under the standard, employers were required to train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets by December 1st, 2013. Chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors had to comply with revised safety data sheet requirements by June 1st, 2015. Manufacturers and importers had to comply with new labeling provisions by June 1st, 2015. Distributors have until December 1st, 2015, to comply with labeling provisions as long as they are not relabeling materials or creating safety data sheets, in which case they must comply with the June 1 deadline.
Access the OSHA inspection procedures for this new standard (full effect June 1st, 2016) here.