U.S. Department of Labor
Employers must train workers by Dec. 1 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format of the revised Hazard Communication Standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA says the revised standard is improving 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. The Summer 2012 edition of Inside ASHE magazine (available online to ASHE members) included an article outlining the implications of the revised Hazard Communication Standard. In addition, OSHA has resources online (including fact sheets, a webinar, and a downloadable PowerPoint presentation) to help employers train workers on the new provisions.