The main purpose of the switch from the MSDS to the SDS is to create a simpler and more unified standard way to communicate the hazards of a chemical. Prior to the switch companies may have had MSDS in multiple formats with information on those formats in varied locations. By moving to a universal format it makes it easier for employees to find information on a chemical, it also lowers the burden for chemical manufactures. There is no requirement to keep old MSDS on file once you have obtained and SDS to replace it. However, employers may want to keep an electronic copy on file, especially if existing stocks of the chemical were purchased under the older MSDS.
Working safely around hazardous materials and contaminants
The first step in working safely around hazardous materials should always be a hazard assessment review. The OSHA standard mandates companies must conduct a hazard assessment to identify the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and properly train employees on how to use it. OSHA compliance officers will review written hazard assessments for completeness and accuracy. In the case of water well drilling, this requires assessing the chemical, environmental, and physical hazards workers will have to deal...
Ergonomics in the Workplace
Work-related musculosketal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most frequently reported cases of lost or restricted work time and can be significantly reduced by properly fitting a job to a person, also known as the study of ergonomics. Ergonomics involves evaluating the physical aspects of an environment (e.g. workstations) as well as the way in which people work to help prevent MSDs. MSDs, typically acquired at work, are injuries to the body’s joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that...
Simulation–based characterisation of critical infrastructure system resilience
This paper presents a simulation–based approach to the resilience analysis of critical infrastructures systems, making possible the characterisation of the structural resilience features of the system and estimation of the benefits that are derived from improved resilience practices, i.e., preparedness or responsiveness, due to enhanced information–sharing processes among the actors. Resilience characterisation is composed of assessment of the node vitality [i.e., the missed service demand (MSD) generated at the...
OSHA Clarifies June, 2015 Hazcom Deadline for Chemical Blenders
OSHA has provided additional clarity and guidance to chemical blenders who rely on downstream SDS information from their suppliers. Previously, chemical blenders were caught in a no win situation. If they need to re-author their MSDS's into the new SDS/GHS format by June, 2015, how can they comply if they have not received the updated SDS from their suppliers? Thanks to the American Coatings Association and others, OSHA has given gudanceand has also allowed for some discretion on the part of enforcement staff....
BJ’s Wholesale Club Stocks up on 3E’s Environmental Regulatory Compliance Solutions
Background Headquartered in Westborough, MA,BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.is a leading operator of membership warehouse club stores in the Eastern United States. The Company currently operates over 200 clubs in 15 states from Maine to Florida and employs more than 25,000 team members. Challenges As a large retailer, BJ’s faces many unique safety and environmental compliance challenges.Regulations are constantly changing, and for retailers with multiple facilities, such as BJ’s, managing chemical...