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OSHA's New HazCom/GHS Enforcement Directive – What You Need to Know to Avoid OSHA Fines!

Virginia Whelan - Friday, October 20, 2017

A new OSHA Enforcement Directive provides safety and health officials additional guidance on enforcing the new hazard communication standard. Although the document is written for inspectors, it’s packed with valuable information you’ll want to get up to speed on to correctly manage any hazardous chemicals you have in your facility. The most important thing for you to do is to make sure you have a complete written hazard communication plan before OSHA visits, or you could face citations and potentially hefty fines.


A Written Hazard Communication Plan must include:


  • A method for providing employees on-site access to SDSs, in addition to details of how SDSs are obtained and maintained
  • A chemical inventory that includes all chemicals present in the workplace
  • An approach to labeling, including designation of people responsible for shipped and workplace labels, and a description of the labeling system used
  • Details on how training is conducted, and the required elements of a training program.

Need help developing your hazard communication plan? There are many hazardous material communication training resources available in the marketplace and ARA's Safety Committee has compiled a lit of options provided here (to be compiled).