The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard changed in the United States in order to be in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS will prevent injuries and save lives of employees by improving trade regulations for chemical manufacturers and importers. The new standard requires that all chemicals are labeled by a signal word (described severity), pictogram, hazard statement, and safety statement. All employees are required to be trained according to this new Hazard Communication Standard.
Key Elements Required by OSHA:
All hazardous materials lists must be at the workplace.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with descriptions of all materials must be at the workplace.
MSDS/SDS must be within reach for all employees.
All hazardous materials must be labeled with the required description.
All containers must be labeled, as required.
Employees must receive GHS/Hazard Communication training according to the OSHA standard.
All employees must be trained for all hazardous materials and safe handling procedures relevant to their job.
A program must be in place for training all new employees.
A responsible person will be in charge of educating and training employees.
Refresher training will be provided, as required.
There must be a written Hazard Communication program for the office/facilities.
Employees must read and understand all requirements.
There must be an inventory system for all chemicals on site.
Assign responsibilities for each task related to Hazard Communication.
All new information regarding Hazard Communication must be conveyed to employees.