New OSHA Standards for Hazard Communication

New OSHA Standards for Hazard Communication:

As required by OSHA, dentist employers must have trained their staff on the new label elements and new safety data sheet format by Dec. 1, 2013. Employers or dental office compliance managers must also update alternative workplace labeling and their hazard communication program as necessary and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards by June 1, 2016, according to ADA’s regulatory compliance manual.

Patterson Dental and renowned compliance expert Linda Harvey have teamed up to offer you and your staff FREE training on the new OSHA standards for Hazard Communication in your practice. Visit the Patterson Dental Compliance Learning Center at lindaharvey.net/patterson to log on to your FREE webinar, courtesy of the Patterson Dental New Orleans Branch. There you will find instructions for registering and enrolling in the “Hazard Communication & Globally Harmonized System” course. When prompted, enter your Enrollment Key: SC345. Click here to download Patterson's informational flier!

To order the manual and keep abreast of changes to OSHA regulations, call the ADA Member Service Center at 1-800-947-4746 or go to ADAcatalog.org and request S696B.

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.

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