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on Oct 20, 2016

Back in 1994, VP Al Gore ordered OSHA to cut back on paperwork violations and to focus on true safety issues. We had cited Hazard Communication all the way up to the #2 or #1 spot, because employers found it hard to comply with 100%, and even though chemicals weren't even among the top ten causes of serious accidents or fatalities.

That worked for a little while, but, like a drug, OSHA got back to citing Hazard Communication way out of proportion to its true value. It's been at #2 or #1 for more than a decade. With many workplaces having eliminated many hazardous chemicals to the point that the most dangerous substances many workers are exposed to are in their own homes, under kitchen sinks and in their garages. Yet at home, somehow a label suffices for the complicated mess required by 1910.1200, and the average homeowner seems to get by just fine.

I thought we'd gotten past the strict application of paperwork regulations in the 1990's, but evidently not. It's sad to see OSHA still beating upon employers with paperwork rules.

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