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20 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | December 2014 Play It Safe By now, you have no doubt learned of OSHA's revision to their Hazard Communication Standard (commonly referred to as HCS or HazCom), which was published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2012. This standard was updated to incorporate elements of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals, or GHS for short. GHS was originally developed by the United Nations and is an internationally recognized criteria for the classification of chemical hazards and a standardized approach to label- ing and Safety Data Sheets. This method for classifying chemical hazards and conveying information will be more effective and provide further improvements to protect employees in the workplace. The updated require- ments for Safety Data Sheets will also enable employers, workers, health professionals, and emergency respond- ers to access the product information more efficiently and effectively, thus increasing their utilization. You may think this regulation doesn't apply directly to your dealership, but you would be wrong. It impacts all businesses that use chemicals in the workplace, and will include paint- related material, cleaning solvents and products, and even aerosol cans. %HQHÀWVRI7KLV5HYLVLRQ The new standard covers over 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country. According to OSHA, the improvements are expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually and will also: Enhance worker comprehension of hazards, especially for low and limited- literacy workers, reduce confusion in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and result in safer handling and use of chemicals Provide workers with efficient access to information on the Safety Data Sheets Result in cost savings to American businesses of more than $475 million in productivity improvements, fewer Safety Data Sheet and label updates and simpler new hazard communica- tion training Reduce trade barriers by harmoniz- ing with systems around the world 0DMRU&KDQJHVWRWKH6WDQGDUG The three major areas of change are in Hazard Classification, Labels, and Safety Data Sheets. Hazard classification: The defini- tions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result. Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmo- nized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. Safety Data Sheets: Will now have uniform 16-section format that will better organize chemical data and potential health hazards from improper use. :KDW

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