Changes to hazardous chemicals regulations at UAA

by Michelle Saport  |   

In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) passed a rule to more closely align the workforce of the U.S. with the rest of the world regarding production, transportation, labeling and use of hazardous chemicals. The rule adopts portions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemical (GHS). Although it doesn't affect the majority of the regulation that we have been adhering to here at UAA, it will change a few things. First, it will standardize the items on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS, formerly MSDS), changing the emphasis from "awareness" to "understanding." Second, it will change how hazardous chemicals are labeled, using universally approved pictograms to readily identify hazards. And third, it will affect the classification of hazardous chemicals.

By December 1, 2013, we are required to ensure that employees receive training on these changes. Currently, a basic overview of Hazardous Communications is required by all employees at the university. In order to comply with the new ruling, we are including a GHS class as well. This class can be accessed on Skillsoft, in the same location as the other training, and covers the material necessary for understanding these new changes.

Any comments or questions regarding this change and the training requirement can be directed to Doug Markussen, Maury Riner or Nick Dighiera. For contact information, visit the Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management Support website.

Remember, safety is everybody's business.

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