Sign up for training on the new Hazard Communication Standard on November 19th!
The first training deadline for the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is December 1, 2013. We are holding an open training seminar covering the changes to the HCS on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 8 AM to 11 AM. Training topics include the format of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) product identifiers, signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements.
OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). The first compliance date of the revised HCS is December 1, 2013. By that time employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format.
Confined Space Standard for Construction. Also on the regulatory agenda, OSHA is expected to release a final rule in July on confined spaces in construction. In the early 1990s, OSHA issued a rule to protect employees who enter confined spaces for the general industry, but did not extend it to construction because of the unique characteristics of the industry’s worksites. A 2007 settlement then caused OSHA to issue a separate proposed rule for construction workers in confined spaces.
Maryland (MOSH) Tree Care/Tree Trimming Standard. Maryland’s new Tree Care & Removal standard went into effect in Sept. of 2012. It became an emphasis program in November. It requires compliance with ANSI fall protection standards, job briefings, First Aid/CPR training among other things.