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Hazard Communication Standards - Guidelines for OSHA Compliance BY GARY GANDEE, CIRCUIT RIDER II OSHA'S HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD (HCS) is based on a simple concept - that employees have both a need and a right to know the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to when working. They also need to know what protective measures are available to prevent adverse effects from occurring. Chemical exposure may cause or contribute to many serious health effects such as heart ailments, central nervous system, kidney and lung damage, sterility, cancer, burns, and rashes. Some chemicals may also be safety hazards and have the potential to cause fires and explosions and other serious accidents. Because of the seriousness of these safety and health problems, and because many employers and employees know little or nothing about them, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the Hazard Communication Standard. The basic goal of the standard is to be sure employers and employees know about work hazards and how to protect themselves; this should help to reduce the incidence of chemical source illness and injuries. The Hazard Communication Standard establishes uniform requirements to make sure that the hazards of all chemicals imported into, produced, or used in U.S. workplaces are evaluated, and that this hazard information is transmitted to affected employers and exposed employees. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information: *  hemical manufacturers and importC ers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers; *  ll employers with hazardous chemA icals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately. Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard *  azard classification: Provides speH cific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. *  abels: Chemical manufacturers and L importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. *  afety Data Sheets: Will now have a S specified 16-section format. *  nformation and training: Employers I were required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding. Visit www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ hazcom-faq.html for more information on modification of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Hazard Communication will be a continuing program in your organization and in order to have a successful program, employers should assign responsibility to both the initial and ongoing activities that have to be undertaken to comply with the rule. For any safety and health program, success depends on commitment at every level of the organization. Reference www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html www.vrwa.org 15 http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2015

From the President: Power Failure
From the Executive Director: Highlights from 2014
The Sustainability Managed Utility
Communication… Say What?
Flushing Away the Ebola Threat
Hazard Communication Standards – Guidelines for OSHA Compliance
State Water Control Board Approves Controversial Permit
VRWA Said Goodbye to Past Executive Director
USDA Rural Development
The RATES Program
Adequate Rates versus Affordability
NRWA Recap
Debt Refinancing: An Alternate Source of Capital
How the Cloud is Revolutionizing the Future of Water Utility Management
Southern Corrosion Supports Victory Junction
Throwing My Loop: Call Me Anytime
Wastewater Math
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/ Ad.com

Streamline - Spring 2015

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