Today, millions of people go to and return home from work safely every day due, in part, to the commitment of the occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practitioners who work day in and day out identifying hazards and implementing safety advances in all industries and at all workplaces, thereby reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, Illinois-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the oldest and largest safety organization and represents more than 30,000 SH&E practitioners committed to protecting people, property and the environment and are at the forefront of safety engineering, design, standards development, management and education in virtually every industry, governmental agency, labor and education. Presently, ASSE has 151 chapters, 56 sections and 65 student sections. There are also members in 64 countries including Mexico, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Australia, Kuwait and Egypt. ASSE members serve on over 40 safety and health standards committees including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
GHS Presentation presented by Leslie Ptak – OSHA Compliance Assistance Madison, WI. Please note the clarification regarding requirements for labs.
Certain laboratories have limited hazard communication responsibilities if they fall under the scope of our lab standard, 1910.1450. Here is an explanation that I hope clears up this issue. These exceptions are only for laboratories. All other non-laboratory employer use of secondary containers must comply with 1910.1200(f).
The scope and application section of the hazard communication standard specifically addresses laboratories. In OSHA’s world there are, generally, three different types of employers who call themselves laboratories. Two are covered completely by 1910.1200 and one is covered by the labeling requirements of 1910.1450, our laboratory standard. The two types of laboratory that fall under the scope of 1910.1200 are quality control laboratories and laboratories whose function is to produce commercial quantities of materials.
The type of laboratory that is covered by 1910.1450 is one that meets the following definitions in 1910.1450.
Laboratory means a facility where the "laboratory use of hazardous chemicals" occurs. It is a workplace where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis.
Laboratory use of hazardous chemicals means handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:
(i) Chemical manipulations are carried out on a "laboratory scale;"
(ii) Multiple chemical procedures or chemicals are used;
(iii) The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor in any way simulate a production process; and
(iv) "Protective laboratory practices and equipment" are available and in common use to minimize the potential for employee exposure to hazardous chemicals.
To determine the hazard communication requirements of laboratories, employers should read 1910.1200(b)(3) and its multiple paragraphs.
GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM (GHS)
Compliance Assistance Specialist at USDOL-Madison OSHA
What is the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)?
GHS stands for the "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals". GHS is a system that defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and material safety data sheets (called Safety Data Sheets, or SDSs, in GHS). The goal is that the same set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets (SDS) will be adopted and used around the world. An international team of hazard communication experts developed GHS.
Target Dates for Implementation in the United States:
Final Rule became effective May 26, 2012. Key dates in the US implementation include:
December 1, 2013 - Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format
June 1, 2015 - Comply with all modified provisions of the final rule, except December 1, 2015 - Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015
June 1, 2016 - Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards
Transition Period - Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200, or the current standard, or both.
Alliant Energy Headquarters
4902 North Biltmore Lane, Madison, WI.
The meeting to be held in the Atlantic Room
(Note: this is not the Alliant Energy Center location)
We would like to thank all Badgerland Chapter members for your continued support this year. Please join us for dinner at Bonfyre American Grille (2601 West Beltline Highway – Madison) on Thursday, May 16th. Social hour will be from 5:30pm – 6:15pm. Dinner will follow at 6:30pm. The Chapter will be paying for your dinner; your drinks will NOT be included. If you would like to bring a spouse/significant other you may, however; you will be responsible for the purchase of their meal.
I will be sending out the dinner menu once I have received all RSVP’s. Please email me your RSVP no later than Thursday, May 9th. I will need to finalize all details on Friday, May 10th.
EHS Coordinator | American Girl Brands LLC
8400 Fairway Place | Middleton, WI 53562
608.830.4418 | 608.692.0235 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonfyre American Grille (2601 West Beltline Highway – Madison)