Updating Hazcom Plans and Training in Preparation for OSHA GHS Revisions

In the realm of workplace safety, staying ahead of regulatory updates is crucial. OSHA is gearing up to update the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, 29 CFR 1910.1200) to align with the seventh revised edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). As these changes loom on the horizon, employers and chemical industry stakeholders must prepare for adjustments in labeling, container relabeling, and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

OSHA’s proposed updates address several areas of uncertainty and confusion, presenting challenges and opportunities for stakeholders. The key areas of focus include:

Labeling of Small Chemical Containers:  The update aims to codify existing agency interpretations regarding labels on containers too small for a full GHS-style label. Flexibility will be introduced, allowing reduced information on labels in specific situations.

Labels on Bulk Chemical Shipments:  OSHA proposes flexibility in labeling for bulk shipments, allowing labels to be transmitted with shipping papers or electronically, provided they are available in printed form at the receiving end.

Relabeling Containers “Released for Shipment”: A significant change would exempt containers “released for shipment” from the requirement to be relabeled when significant new information about hazards becomes available.

New Hazard Class and Categories: The proposed rule introduces a new hazard class for desensitized explosives and three new hazard categories, addressing unstable gases, pyrophoric gases, and nonflammable aerosols. Classification of each chemical would include hazards associated with changes in physical form or reactions under normal conditions of use.

Trade Secrets on Safety Data Sheets:  OSHA proposes changes in displaying concentration ranges of chemicals on SDS, using “prescribed concentration ranges” to balance information disclosure and trade secrets protection.

With OSHA ready to fold elements of the seventh edition of GHS into the HCS, employers need a trusted partner to navigate the complexities of updating Hazcom plans and providing employee training. Here’s how IFO Group can assist you on this regulatory journey:

Hazcom Program Reviews:  IFO Group expert consultants conduct comprehensive reviews of your existing hazcom program, ensuring it aligns seamlessly with the impending GHS revisions.

Customized Employee Training:  IFO Group offers tailored training programs to educate your workforce on the upcoming changes, ensuring they are well-prepared to handle hazardous chemicals safely.

Responsive Plan Updates:  Stay ahead of changes with IFO Group. We assist in promptly updating your hazcom plan whenever new chemicals are introduced or responsibilities change.

Labeling and SDS Expertise:  Our team stays informed about OSHA’s developments. We guide you through labeling changes, SDS updates, and the implications for workplace safety.

With IFO Group as your partner, you can navigate these changes smoothly, ensuring compliance, safety, and a workplace ready for the future. Contact us today at info@ifogroup.com or at 832-403-2135 to discuss how we can help you with regulatory readiness and workplace safety excellence.