In March of 2018, the extremely hazardous chemical Sodium Chlorite (NaCIO2) was the cause of a deadly explosion at a Tri-Chem Specialty Chemicals LLC facility, killing one and injuring two others.
Are You Still Writing Your Own Chemical Labels? There are over 200,000 chemicals that are used in the workplace every day that OSHA and the EPA recognize as hazardous substances. Many of those chemicals are much more common than others, but what happens when you receive a new chemical at your facility? First and foremost,…… Continue reading Stop Wasting Time Writing Your Own Chemical Labels – Send HCL The SDS
Materials Diversification and Testing Back in August of 2018, HCL Labels acquired a brand new production printer. It’s large, it’s fancy, and it allows us to expand our production capabilities in ways that we never imagined. We are very excited to share with you all what we are working on. Increasing our production capabilities allows…… Continue reading Not All Materials Are Created Equally – Continuous Testing & Improvement
Why OSHA Compliance Matters In the 1970’s, OSHA established permissible exposure limits (PELs) in regards to chemical safety regulations. As time has gone on, information has evolved on chemical exposure risks that has caused OSHA to adapt their safety regulations. The OSHA Hazard Communication standard 1910.1200 sets forth a regulation that provides employees with the…… Continue reading Why Compliance Matters – Saving Lives, Preventing Accidents, & Protecting Employees.
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Why & How GHS Impacts the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. The sole purpose of the OSHA/GHS alignment is to provide consistent and quality information to workers, and employers about the hazards associated with chemicals. The GHS creates a standardized approach for classifying, identifying, labeling, and safety-data-sheets. The standard initiates a criteria for hazard classification and…… Continue reading Aligning the Hazard Communication Standard with GHS
Understanding GHS Label Components. Before your 2018 safety inspection, review the components of an OSHA compliant secondary container label. Now two years into the OSHA – GHS alignment, the expectation for chemical identification compliance has increased in this New Year. GHS Label Components. In order for a chemical label to be an OSHA compliant secondary container label,…… Continue reading Know This Before Your 2018 Safety Inspection – GHS Labels
Is your facility prepared for 2019? Here are a few preparations to make for your work facility & written HazCom program for the New Year. OSHA/GHS Compliance With the now two-year OSHA-GHS alignment in motion, the expectation for HazCom compliance is increasing in 2019. OSHA inspectors will be looking for a harmony between facility hazard…… Continue reading Prepare Your Facility for 2019 – OSHA/GHS Compliance, Updates, & More
OSHA Regulations for secondary container label requirements are often misunderstood. There is a common misconception that exists regarding secondary container label requirements. The confusion lies within the definition of primary and secondary chemical containers, respectively. According to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, also known as HazCom [29 CFR 1910.1200(f)(1)], primary and secondary containers are defined…… Continue reading Misinformation Regarding Manufacturer Information on GHS Labels
OSHA HazCom violations are on the rise, and so are the associated penalties. While the GHS deadline has come and gone, the OSHA HazCom standard has been quite the notice to companies about their own hazard communication programs. Through September 30th, 2017, 4,176 hazard communication violations have been amassed, causing it to once again be…… Continue reading The Urgency of GHS Hazard Communication Training