GHS en Free Retro-Inspired Posters Highlight OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2016 [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p><a href="" target="_blank">The series of 10, vintage-inspired safety posters are available for free from the Grainger web site.</a></p> </div> Construction Forklift Safety Galleries GHS Safety Leadership Fall Protection OSHA Safety Galleries Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:24:00 +0000 52791 at <p>A set of 10, vintage-style safety posters is available for free from Grainger.</p> Six Ways to Leverage Chemical Labeling To Increase Safety and Supply Chain Efficiencies <div class="field-byline"> Greg Wimble </div> <div class="field-deck"> How can you leverage innovations in enterprise barcode labeling to help your chemical company succeed in a highly regulated, highly competitive global marketplace? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Labeling is complex; today&rsquo;s chemical manufacturers are faced with a range of evolving requirements that complicate the process, and many companies accept this process as the cost of doing business. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be.</p> <p>Labeling can make a huge difference, enabling IT and supply chain decision makers to not just overcome challenges, but also provide their company with a distinct competitive advantage. There are just six questions you have to ask yourself to find out.</p> <p><strong>How Can Labeling Improve Supply Chain Processes?</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS Emergency Management OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:18:00 +0000 52711 at OSHA, Health Canada Update Plan to Align Labeling, Classification for Hazardous Chemicals <div class="field-deck"> The plan is part of an effort to reduce regulatory barriers between the two countries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA and Health Canada, through the Regulatory Cooperation Council, have developed a <a href="" target="_blank" title="Regulatory Cooperation Council Work Plan (Workplace Chemicals) - PDF">2016-2017 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan</a>. The purpose of the work plan is to ensure that current and future requirements for classifying and communicating the hazards of workplace chemicals will be acceptable in the United States and Canada without reducing worker safety.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:39:00 +0000 49851 at <p>OSHA and Health Canada have developed a 2016-2017 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan to reduce regulatory barriers between the two countries in classifying and communicating chemical hazards.</p> Thinkstock Hazard Communication Management in the Post-GHS Deadline Workplace <div class="field-byline"> Glenn Trout </div> <div class="field-deck"> Regardless of how successful you have been in implementing GHS changes at your facility, it is critical that you continue with these efforts, even as we pass the June 1 GHS final deadline. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>June marked the culmination of a decade-long effort to align OSHA&#39;s hazard communication standard (hazcom) with GHS, the UN&#39;s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.</p> <p>However, companies covered by hazcom must not view the conclusion of the GHS deadlines as the end. Moving forward, OSHA will continue to not only enforce the current GHS modifications to its hazcom standard, but also has indicated its intent to review and potentially modify the rule in the future maintain alignment with updated versions of GHS.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS Safety Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:16:00 +0000 48621 at OSHA Follow-Up Inspection Finds Workers Still Exposed to Chemical Hazards <div class="field-deck"> Ohio company Sign Source USA was cited by OSHA for failing to protect workers from respiratory and chemical hazards in 2006 and 2012. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the third time in 10 years, OSHA inspectors found employees at a Lima, Ohio custom sign manufacturing company exposed to respiratory, chemical and paint hazards.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">OSHA cited Sign Source USA Inc.</a> for seven repeated and two serious health violations on June 14, 2016, after the agency&#39;s December 2015 follow-up inspection. Proposed penalties total $46,970. The agency cited the company for similar violations at the Lima facility in both 2006 and 2012.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS OSHA News Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:12:00 +0000 48541 at Thinkstock President Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill to Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act <div class="field-deck"> On June 22, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2576, the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” which modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In the the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years, &nbsp;President Barack Obama on June 22 signed into law H.R. 2576 &ndash; the &ldquo;Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act&rdquo; &ndash; which modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).</p> <p>TSCA was first passed in 1976 to help keep dangerous chemicals off the market and avoid making consumers and employees sick. It particularly focused on chemicals that were known to cause serious health impacts, such as cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS EPA Environment News Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:29:00 +0000 48511 at Thinkstock GHS: The Majority of Companies Continue to Work Toward Compliance <div class="field-byline"> By Chris Carragher </div> <div class="field-deck"> If your company is still scrambling to meet OSHA’s GHS requirements outlined under the revised Hazard Communications Standard (HCS), you’re not alone. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to a recent study conducted by Actio Software Corp., roughly 50 percent of environmental, health and safety (EHS) professionals surveyed indicated that their company fails to meet all of the GHS requirements outlined under OSHA&rsquo;s revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 2012.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS OSHA Industrial Hygiene Training News Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:07:00 +0000 48371 at Actio Software Corp. Not So Pretty: OSHA Finds Flammable Chemicals and Amputation Hazards at Cosmetic Company <div class="field-deck"> OSHA Determines an unguarded machine amputated worker’s fingertip at PhytogenX Cosmetics manufacturer and flammable chemicals were not properly stored. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On June 8, OSHA issued citations to PhytogenX Inc. for four willful and six serious violations and fined the company $285,300 for hazards at its Morgantown, Pa. facility.</p> <p>On Dec. 10, 2015, OSHA initiated an inspection after PhytogenX notified the agency that <a href="" target="_blank">a worker had a finger amputated by a machine</a>. The inspection also was in response to a separate complaint alleging hazards related to the storage and handling of flammable liquids at the cosmetic manufacturer.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS OSHA News Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:50:00 +0000 48351 at Thinkstock TSCA Reform Heads to President Obama for Signature <div class="field-deck"> Once thought to be the weak stepsister of U.S. environmental laws, the first major reform of the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act received Senate approval and heads to the president to be signed into law. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, on June 8 praised the final Senate passage of the&nbsp;Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st&nbsp;Century Act.&nbsp;The legislation, which includes sweeping reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), now goes to the president&rsquo;s desk to be signed into law.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS EPA Environment News Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:38:00 +0000 48311 at <p>In this photo from Jan. 10, 2014, leaking MCHN tanks at Freedom Industries are being off loaded into tanker trucks in Charleston, W.Va. West Virginia American Water determined that MCHM from the leaking tanks had overwhelmed the plant&#39;s capacity and contaminated the public water system for 300,000 people. TSCA now will require EPA to quickly review and regulate &ldquo;high priority&rdquo; chemicals, including chemicals stored near drinking water sources, and sets deadlines for companies to comply with new EPA rules.</p> Photo by Tom Hindman/Getty Images OSHA: Auto Reconditioning Company Failed to Protect Workers <div class="field-deck"> OSHA plans to put a dent in Dent Wizard’s bank account, to the tune of $51,000, for allegedly exposing workers to toxic compounds. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dent Wizard International Corp. is facing $51,000 in penalties for multiple safety failures at its Manheim, Pa. location. <a href="" target="_blank">OSHA issued 31 serious and nine other-than-serious health and safety citations on June 1.</a> OSHA received a complaint alleging hazards in the company&rsquo;s spray-painting operations, prompting an inspection on Dec. 14, 2015. The alleged serious violations included:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GHS OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Tue, 07 Jun 2016 15:22:00 +0000 48271 at Thinkstock