Once the HCS is revised and GHS principles are adopted, U.S. companies that maintain MSDS libraries will see a lot of changes.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 14, 2011
MSDSonline®, a leading provider of on-demand solutions for EH&S regulatory compliance and workplace safety, today announced the availability of a free Webinar entitled, “GHS Adoption by OSHA — What You Need Do Now!” The Webinar is available on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) and will be offered biweekly on Wednesdays through the end of the year. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Visit blog.MSDSonline.com/ghswebinar for a complete schedule and times.
The Webinar was developed as a direct response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announcement earlier this year that it will align its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The aim of GHS is to harmonize the major hazard communication standards employed around the world into a complementary system, to better protect workers from harmful chemicals. According to OSHA, the final ruling and a revised HCS (29 CFR 1910.1200) are expected to be published to the Federal Register in early 2012. The HCS covers more than 40 million U.S. workers exposed to hazardous chemicals in roughly 5 million workplaces.
Once published, Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) professionals across a wide range of industries will need to begin the process of complying with the revised HCS. The 30 minute Webinar is an abridged version of the hour-long GHS compliance presentations that MSDSonline has delivered to attendees of the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2011 event this past fall. It is designed to get workplace safety professionals quickly up to speed on the most significant changes U.S. companies will see, including changes to content contained within material safety data sheets (MSDS), chemical safety labels, MSDS authoring and chemical classification, as well as employee training around the revised standard. The Webinar also spells out the top 10 things companies can be doing now to prepare for the impending ruling.
“Once the HCS is revised and GHS principles are adopted, U.S. companies that maintain MSDS libraries will see a lot of changes,” said MSDSonline President and CEO Glenn Trout. “GHS alignment means new MSDSs and safety labels for basically everyone. Companies can expect a near complete turnover of their MSDS inventory in a very compressed timeframe. Our Webinar will cover the major pain points like the MSDS churn and steps they can take now to prepare.”
The MSDSonline Webinar also will address obligations U.S. chemical manufacturers and distributors have under the new HCS to author or update their MSDSs to fit the GHS guidelines for safety data sheets (SDS). The revised SDS format includes 16 sections arranged in a consistent order and uses standardized pictograms, symbols, signal words and hazard statements to better, and more simply, convey the safety hazards of a given chemical.
“Many chemical manufacturers have already updated their MSDSs to comply with the GHS provisions or have at least started the process,” said Mike Flynn, MSDSonline’s VP of product development & strategy. “We would encourage those chemical manufacturers that have not started updating their MSDSs to engage soon. When OSHA publishes the final rule, there’s going to be a big rush to author. Right now, there’s still time to get ahead of the curve.”
Founded in 1996 and based in Chicago, MSDSonline is a leading provider of on-demand EH&S compliance solutions, offering products and services for managing and authoring material safety data sheets (MSDSs), managing hazardous chemical inventories, reporting workplace incidents, training employees and administering other critical EH&S information. The company's mission is to provide sustainable solutions that help customers improve employee safety, streamline compliance and reduce potential exposures to workplace hazards and risks. MSDSonline has been recognized for the last five years on Inc. magazine’s list of America’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. More information is available online at http://www.MSDSonline.com and on the official company blog at http://blog.MSDSonline.com/.