OSHA, Health Canada Update Hazardous Chemical Labelling Plan

Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and Health Canada announced they have jointly developed a 2016-2017 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan.

The updated plan will ensure that current and future requirements for classifying and communicating the hazards of workplace chemicals will be acceptable in the United States and Canada without reducing worker safety.

Included in the work plan are activities that support developing materials to assist stakeholders with implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) and understanding the interpretation of technical issues and requirements in Canada and the U.S.; coordinating opinions on issues that arise from international discussions on the GHS; and maintaining alignment between the U.S. and Canadian requirements for implementing the GHS when revisions are made.

In 2013, OSHA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada’s Department of Health to develop a system that allows the use of one label and one safety data sheet and is accepted by both countries.

To read more on the updated plan, click here. To read the full news release from OSHA, click here.

Spill 911 Introduces New Line of Portable Sign Bases

Spill 911 is excited to announce a new line of portable sign bases to it’s product database.

Portable sign bases are convenient for anyone who has to move signs around their facility. Instead of going with a heavier option that is hard to pick up and move from place to place, these plastic sign bases are lightweight and equipped with wheels for easy portability.

The bases can be used with a number of different sizes of signs and in an indoor or outdoor setting. If you want to keep a sign in a specific location, you can fill the base with water for added stability in winds up to 30-40 mph.

Each sign base also include a loop handle and stability mounting plates to keep the sign from twisting while on the pole. These bases are currently available in either 48″ or 58″ heights and in black, blue, red or yellow colors.

For more information on these new portable sign bases, click here. If you have any questions on this product or any of our other products, please give one of our customer service representatives a call at 800-474-5911.

 

EPA Issues Final Rule to Protect Public from Formaldehyde Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States.

The Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010 established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed EPA to finalize a rule on implementing and enforcing a number of provisions covering composite wood products.

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OSHA Delays Effective Date for Employees’ Rights to Report Workplace Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced last month that it will be delaying its enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule.

The anti-retaliation protections in this new rule prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness. These provisions become effective on August 10, 2016, but OSHA has delayed its enforcement of them until November 1, 2016 in order to provide outreach to the regulated community.

Under the new rule, employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.

To read the full news release from OSHA, click here. For more information on the new rule for improving the tracking of workplaces injuries and illnesses, click here.