In an effort to promote best practices and reduce worker injury from exposure to hazardous chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). Working together, these organizations will continue to address hazard communication and increase awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels stressed the important of workplace safety in regard to this issue, noting that “more than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous chemical products in American workplaces. Our continued Alliance with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication will help ensure that workers are aware of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed, and help reduce chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries.”
Over the next two years, the Alliance will also share data on OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities for involvement in the rulemaking process. The Alliance will develop literature on the physical hazards of chemicals and on aspects of GHS compliance.
SCHC represents more than 500 chemical hazard communication professionals who advance awareness of issues and educate the public about new developments in hazard communications.
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA will partner with groups committed to workplace safety and worker health (such as unions, trade and professional organizations, employers and educational institutions) to minimize workplace injury, illness, and fatalities. OSHA and the groups collaborate to develop and implement compliance assistance tools and resources, sharing these resources with workers and employers, and educating the public about worker rights and responsibilities.
OSHA’s newly developed Hazard Communication web page offers information and links on OSHA’s revised standard, as well as requirements for the new safety data posters and labels.
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