Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, representatives from 17 Alliances met on July 18, 2012, to discuss the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard, and changes that industry can expect in training, labeling, and Safety Data Sheets (formally Material Safety Data Sheets). In addition, five Susan B. Harwood Training Grant recipients participated in the meeting. Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, addressed the group and discussed the benefits of the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard. Lee Anne Jillings, Deputy Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, provided background on the previous Hazard Communication Roundtables.
The Roundtable included presentations from David O'Connor, Acting Deputy Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG), OSHA; Kathy Landkrohn, Health Scientist, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals, DSG, OSHA; and Darlene Susa-Anderson, Vice President, SCHC. The presenters provided attendees with an explanation of why OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), an overview of the changes to the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the GHS, and an overview of the OSHA and SCHC compliance assistance resources/tools. The group also discussed their respective industry implementation and the activities focusing on compliance to the revised Standard.
As a result of the meeting, the attendees agreed on the next steps:
Representatives from the following Alliance Program participants attended the meeting:
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