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Early spring newsletter: New OSHA Hazard Comunication Standard (GHS) and more…

OSHA has published the new hazard communication standard. It is 800+ pages, but our latest newsletter breaks it down to what most companies need to know. In this newsletter we cover: GHS, MSDS and the new Hazard Communication/Right to Know … Continue reading

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Benefits of a Chemical Inventory

Besides being a requirement, there are several benefits to conducting and maintaining a chemical inventory: Inventory control: By conducting a chemical inventory, you may find that you have chemicals on site that are no longer used or that the chemicals … Continue reading

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GHS Arrives

As of June 1, 2015, material safety data sheets will be no more! But they aren’t quite disappearing entirely. They’re undergoing a name change and a major revamping. They’ll be called Safety Data Sheets instead. Chemical labels will change, too. … Continue reading

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GHS clears OMB review

That’s a mouthful of letters. OSHA’s proposed major change to the Hazard Communication Standard, incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), cleared a significant hurdle, review by the Office of Management and Budget, on February … Continue reading

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Brazilian blowout

Most people don’t expect to read about hair styling in a column about workplace safety, but this has become a big concern.  Many hair smoothing products (often advertised as a Brazilian blow out) contain formaldehyde and are posing a serious … Continue reading

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Chemical inventories

OSHA’s federal hazard communication standard, and Minnesota Right to Know, require that employers keep an inventory of chemicals used in the workplace. Inventories can be maintained by checking product purchase orders against a master inventory list. Anything new should be … Continue reading

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Did he drink a sports drink or an acid?

The recent edition of Minnesota Safety Lines relates a fatality report: an employee drank what he thought was a sports drink–the label and bottle were that of a sports drink (Gatorade), the contents were a light blue liquid and it … Continue reading

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Safety Updates: Free Training, Firefighters’ Particulate Exposure, and coming changes to MSDS’s

Janet Keyes, CIH, recently attended the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCe) in Denver.  We have been featuring some of the highlights from that conference. (see blogs on NIOSH and OSHA, control banding and skin exposures). This will be … Continue reading

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