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New Changes to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), along with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women to enforce standards and by providing outreach, training, education and assistance.  The United States Department of Labor is constantly trying to monitor and improve the safety of it workers and recently the U.S. government  passed new changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This is to further improve safety and health protections for America's workers. This new regulation is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives and improve trade conditions for chemical manufacturers. The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,' but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.'

The new regulation still requires chemical manufacturers and importers to classify and evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to employers and workers by putting labels on containers and include prepared safety data sheets. Previously the standard was that chemical manufacturers and importers could label and convey hazard information any format that they wanted; on labels and material safety data sheets. The new standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

OSHA reports that the modification is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually. Once fully implemented it will also enhance worker comprehension of hazards, especially for low and limited-literacy workers, reduce confusion in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and result in safer handling and use of chemicals; provide workers quicker and more efficient access to information on the safety data sheets; result in cost savings to American businesses of more than $475 million in productivity improvements, fewer safety data sheet and label updates and simpler new hazard communication training; and reduce trade barriers by harmonizing with systems around the world.

All this information and much more can be found by visiting the OSHA website and reading the new regulations that will be implemented on December 1, 2013. To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format.  

To view the OSHA Fact Sheet, Click Here

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Pedagogy Blog by Catheryn Peplinski, MBA, RT (R) (M), RDMS. Catheryn is our Director of Operations and author of Pedagogy online continuing education courses.

Catheryn Peplinski, MBA, RT (R) (M), RDMS, is Director of Operations at Pedagogy Inc. in Troup, Texas. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and has a degree in Radiology from Ferris State University. Catheryn is licensed in multiple modalities of Radiology, specializing in High-Risk Obstetrics and genetic testing with over 28 years of experience in diagnostic medicine, education, and management.

Her background includes management and development of clinical practices, education, health care provider in multiple diagnostic procedures, laboratory procedures, surgical assisting, protocol development, accreditation processes, operations, author, and editing/publishing with Pedagogy Inc. She has taught medical students the skills of ultrasound, as well as to nursing staff and radiology and ultrasound students. Catheryn has successfully produced educational material for continuing education and student development. Catheryn has a deep passion to help others with strong beliefs in service oriented philosophies to give to those less fortunate.

She has been blessed with the opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Guatemala with her children to gain the appreciation of field medicine and sharing of their talents. She has written multiple news articles and blogs for Pedagogy as well as an infusion based class for Radiology Nursing Professionals.

Posted: 9/9/2013 1:18:23 PM
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