There will be new worker training requirements included in OSHA's hazard communication standards scheduled to be implemented by the end of 2013. "The new standard is based on internationally agreed upon rules OSHA anticipates will provide for the broadest recognition of identified hazards while reducing costs of disseminating chemical hazard information."
The new rule expanded the hazardous chemicals definition to include combustible dust and hazards not otherwise classified. The new hazard communication standard defines a physical hazard as a chemical classified as one that emits a flammable gas when contacted by water or that can be explosive, flammable, oxidizing, self-reactive; pyrophoric, self-heating; organic peroxide; or corrosive to metal or pressurized gas.
And they define a health hazard as a chemical that can result in acute toxicity; skin corrosion or irritation; serious eye damage or eye irritation; respiratory or skin sensitization; germ cell mutagenicity; carcinogenicity; reproductive toxicity; specific target organ toxicity; or aspiration hazard.
Each hazard has specific information that include signal words, symbols, and statements. Training on this particular information for each hazard is crucial. Access to the SBS's (Safety Data Sheets) need to be readily accessible to workers whether it be electronic or other alternative methods to maintaining the paper copies. This training and information is required to be available to the worker at the time of their initial assignment and when a new chemical is introduced to the workplace.
Training on the new standard's label formats and SDS is required by 12/01/2013.
"OSHA believes the new rule will provide higher quality and more consistent information to workers that will enhance their understanding of chemical hazards."
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