OSHA’s Hazard Communication Directive Updates

OSHA's Hazard Communication DirectiveWhat you should know about OSHA’s hazard communication directive.

Most employers want to maintain a healthy and safe workplace, but all employers are actually legally required to do so by the Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Recently, OSHA released an updated Directive on the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HSC), updating it so today’s employers could stay compliant with today’s new information. Here’s what you need to know about OSHA’s Hazard Communication Directive.

  • Labeling: This new directive rules that the Department of Transportation’s labeling and HSC labeling can coexist, meaning labels can contain pictograms from both the DOT and the HSC.
  • Worksites With Multiple Employers: If your staff is working on a jobsite where there is another team who has brought a chemical of which you are aware to the site, it’s your responsibility to alert your staff to the presence of the chemical and its potential hazards.
  • Training: The new directive says that employees cannot be trained on hazardous chemicals in the workplace solely through a computer course, and employers need to supplement that education with human-to-human interaction during which trainees can ask questions.
  • PELs: If a chemical is not labeled with a permissible exposure limit (PEL), it falls to the employer to rely on safety data sheets and other HCS requirements to take the additional actions necessary to keep their team safe based on their specific working conditions.
  • Temporary Workers: OSHA now needs to see clear documentation laying out the training responsibilities relating to a temporary worker of both employers and staffing agencies in order to ensure the temporary worker is being properly trained on HSC requirements.

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