As the deadline for U.S. businesses to comply with new Globally Harmonized System for Hazardous materials communication looms, there are a variety of ways to make the change successfully.
Getting your hazardous labels updated should be a priority. OSHA HAZCOM workplace labeling citations are currently the number one written OSHA fine citation in the United States for General Industry and number two in Construction.
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As employers are required to upgrade their plans for labeling secondary workplace containers –that is, containers into which a hazardous chemical is transferred from its original bottle, canister or receptacle – we have designed and developed labels that will meet this need.
We offer a carefully researched GHS workplace label that was created by hazmat specialist and former OSHA Compliance Officer Chris Palmisano. Our label could not possibly be easier to use. An employee simply transfers data from the original container’s label to the InSite Solution’s secondary container label. Each piece of hazard information found on the chemical’s original label finds a home on the secondary container label.
Until now, most companies and organizations have been using labels that do not contain pictograms, signal words, or other core elements of the GHS labeling scheme. These older labels also rely on a hazard numbering scale that runs in the reverse direction of the GHS scale (that is, high numbers denote high hazards instead of low hazards), which may cause confusion now that GHS has been adopted as the standard for original container labels. In light of the recent regulatory changes, OSHA has mandated employers to update their procedures for labeling secondary containers to ensure that they are complying with OSHA’s new regulations implementing GHS.
Here are five reasons you’ll find our GHS labels the most user-friendly anywhere:
- There are no printers or additional equipment needed. All you need is a pen or marker, the parent container or the Chemical SDS (Safety Data Sheet).
- Hazard data can be transferred directly from a parent chemical container GHS Label without running to get the data from the SDS station.
- Our label complies with OSHA 1910.1200(f)(6) regulations for the June 1, 2016 employer deadline for establishing a workplace labeling strategy under the new GHS standards.
- Our label allows employers the option to continue using the old HMIS/NFPA Hazard Classification Systems with the added compliment of being able to add GHS hazard related data, assuring additional workplace chemical safety.If used properly by a trained employee, our label eliminates the confusion of mistakenly using GHS Hazard Category Ratings found in section 2 of the SDS with the HMIS/NFPA Hazard Classification Systems, sometimes found in section 16. It is important that employers be aware of this number rating controversy. There are obvious hazards associated with the reverse order of these two numbering systems. The fact that these systems use a reverse number system, can greatly confuse employees, causing them put the wrong hazard information on a workplace label or give up on labeling a workplace container all together. Our label strategy removes this confusion.
- In addition to our labels, we have a training video and related resource documents about GHS standards, available free of charge.
Employers who use hazardous chemicals face an approaching deadline: By June 1, 2016, they must update their procedures for labeling secondary workplace containers. InSite Solutions offers a simple, straightforward, highly effective labeling system that will help companies and organizations meet the OSHA deadline.