OSHA Hazard Communication Standard requires Re-labeling, Employee Training and Other Steps

The new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) changes many things for manufacturers and distributors of hazardous chemicals, and fewer things for other employers who merely use hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

These changes affect members of The Vision Council in various ways. LPT members who are chemical manufacturers, distributors or importers must update the MSDS to meet the standards set forth by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

Employers must make sure that Safety Data Sheets are on file for chemicals used within their business and that the chemicals stored bare the new labels. Employee training is also required to meet the requirements of the Hazard Communication Standards. Currently there is a period of transition to the new SDS now through the end of 2015.

The full Client Alert from Reed Smith is available here for download.

Member Benefits include access to the (M)SDS Online Library database which includes the (M)SDS for chemicals used in the ophthalmic lab. Access the library here.

OSHA has several briefings and documents available: