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Use chemicals at work? Heed new OSHA standards

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OSHA has updated its hazard communication standard to harmonize it with international standards. Com­­panies that manufacture, transport or have chemicals in the workplace must begin complying with the new standard by June 26. The standard will be phased in over the next four years.

The key provisions involve communication about carcinogens in the workplace and combustible dust, plus new requirements for hazard labels.  

The regulations require employees to be trained on the new labels and safety data sheet format by Dec. 1, 2013. Training on the carcinogen and dust standards must be in place by June 1, 2016.

Find a Q&A on the new regulations at www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom.

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