Society for Chemical Hazard Communication and OSHA renew alliance

On April 13, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) renewed their alliance to help reduce and prevent chemical hazard exposure to workers. During the next 5 years, the organizations plan to create more awareness of requirements, responsibilities, and rights for employers and workers under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

The 724-member SCHC is comprised of distributors, importers, manufacturers, consultants, chemical companies, pharmaceutical firms, government agencies, and universities. The society, which promotes the improvement of hazard communication for chemicals, will host OSHA webinars and training seminars on safety and health, and hazards. The alliance reached more than 28,000 participants during two earlier OSHA webinars. Future plans include developing training and informational materials on OSHA requirements for chemical hazards and what’s required for GHS-compliant labels and Safety Data Sheets.

"American workers use thousands of chemicals every day, and every year tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposures to hazardous chemicals," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Our renewed partnership with SCHC will extend our efforts toward

Protect workers at your facility with information and training on chemical safety, and provide personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators, protective clothing, and gloves.

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