Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mandatory Training Deadline

As we look to the new year we remember the significant change to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200).  The first of several effective dates has come and gone.  Employers were to ensure their employees were trained on the new chemical labe elements and the safety data sheet (SDS) format.  If you have missed this deadline it is not too late to act.  National Safety Compliance has produced a GHS / Hazcom In-Depth Training Kit to ensure your compliance with these new OSHA Regulations.

Effective Dates

The table below summarizes the phase-in dates required under the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS):
Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who
December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers
June 1, 2015 December 1, 2015 Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except: The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers
June 1, 2016 Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. Employers
Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers