OSHA Inspection Guidelines & HCS Requirements

New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Requires Employee Training and Other Steps for Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") has revised its Hazard Communication Standard ("HCS"), which currently requires employers to communicate to employees information about hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed in the workplace. The new rule, under which the first hard deadline is December 1, 2013, affects labeling and other forms of warning about chemical substances, creates an entirely new format for safety data sheets, formally known as "material safety data sheets", and requires employee training on these and other modifications to the old standard.

Click here for highlights of the new rules, prepared by Reed Smith LLP.

OSHA Inspection Guidelines

A workplace inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") can result in substantial penalties where violations are found. To help members comply, Reed Smith LLP has prepared a brief how-to guide for handling an OSHA inspection. Click here to read the bulletin.

Members with questions on this topic should contact Ed Walsh of Reed Smith LLP, at ewalsh@reedsmith.com or 312-207-3898.