By December 1, 2013 Employers are Required to Train Employees on OSHA's New...

"Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing
American workers today," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "Revising
OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of
hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for
employers to stay competitive."

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)
is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and
Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard
(HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and
communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once
implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of
hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing
easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of
hazardous chemicals. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result
in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle,
store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American
businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals
covered under the hazard communication standard." (http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/)

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