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Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC)

(signed October 22, 2003; renewed December 5, 2005; renewed March 24, 2008; renewed March 1, 2012; renewed April 13, 2015)

Through the OSHA and SCHC Alliance, the organizations will provide SCHC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by: (1) advancing an understanding of hazard communication in order to reduce or prevent exposure to chemical hazards; (2) increasing awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS); and 3) understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Through the Alliance, the organizations will help identify training opportunities and other areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The organizations will also explore and implement a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance's products and activities. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SCHC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that they may participate in Alliance activities. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and Education
  • Develop webinars to assist employers in complying with hazard communication requirements for the preparation of labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).
  • Arrange to have the hazard communication and GHS webinars delivered through the Alliance and archived afterwards for future free access through the Web by OSHA staff, small businesses and others per the annual work plan.
Outreach and Communication
  • Develop and disseminate five information sheets annually regarding safety and health issues focusing on Hazard Communication, SDSs and the GHS.
  • Provide annual training seminars and/or webinars addressing hazard communication health and safety issues related to increasing awareness of Agency regulations and GHS.
  • Disseminate quarterly (via print and electronic media, and the SCHC's web site) information on topics such as OSHA's initiatives, workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and other information on occupational safety and health to employers and workers.
  • Provide opportunities annually for OSHA to speak, exhibit, or appear at the SCHC Spring and Fall Meetings.
(L to R): Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Dr. Michele Sullivan, Board Member, SCHC; and Darlene Susa-Anderson, President, SCHC; at the alliance renewal ceremony on April 13, 2015.

(L to R): Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Dr. Michele Sullivan, Board Member, SCHC; and Darlene Susa-Anderson, President, SCHC; at the alliance renewal ceremony on April 13, 2015.

Alliance Program Participant Background

Milestones and Successes

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • September 27 - October 1, 2014: 2014 Fall Meeting, Arlington, Virginia.
    • September 30, 2014: Presenter: Maureen Ruskin, Director, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals, Directorate of Standards and Guidance. Presentation: "OSHA GHS Update."
    • September 30, 2014: Presenter: Sven J. Rundman III, Supervisory Industrial Hygienist, Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs. Presentation: "Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) - An Enforcement Perspective."
    • September 30, 2014: OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
  • September 25-29, 2013: 2013 Fall Meeting, Arlington, Virginia.
    • September 26, 2013: Presenter: Maureen Ruskin, Director, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG). Presentation: "HazCom 2012 Update: Domestic and International Implementation Issues."
    • September 26, 2013: OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
  • July 25, 2013: Hazard Communication/GHS Webinar. Presenters: Kathy Landkrohn, Health Scientist, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG) and Jennifer Lawless, Senior Industrial Hygienist, OCH-M, DSG. Presentation: "Hazard Communication: 1 Year of Implementation."
  • May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Safe Workplaces for All."
  • April 13-17, 2013: 2013 SCHC Spring Meeting, Austin, Texas
    • April 16, 2013: Presenter: Maureen Ruskin, Director, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG). Presentation: "OSHA GHS Update: Employee Training Requirements and Resources for December 2013 Deadline."
  • September 19-23, 2012: 2012 SCHC Fall Meeting, Arlington, Virginia.
    • September 20, 2012: Presenter: Maureen Ruskin, Director, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG). Presentation: "US GHS Update."
    • September 21, 2012: OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
  • August 13, 2012: Hazard Communication/GHS Webinar. Presenters: Maureen Ruskin, Director, Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG), USDOL-OSHA; Deana Holmes, Health Scientist, OCH-M, DSG, USDOL-OSHA; and Darlene Susa-Anderson, Vice President, SCHC. Presentation: "Hazard Communication 2012 - The Revised Standard and What Changes You Can Expect in the Workplace."
  • May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week, "Safety, What Every Business Needs." Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • October 1-5, 2011: 2011 Fall Meeting, Arlington, Virginia.
    • October 4, 2011: OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Carcinogenicity (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the GHS definition and classification of carcinogenicity and addresses classification of carcinogens under GHS and hazard communication labeling. (2011, August; updated 2014, April).
  • Corrosive to Metal (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the GHS definition and classification for materials that are corrosive to metals and addresses classification under GHS and hazard communication labeling. (2015, February).
  • Flammable Gases (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the GHS definition and classification of flammable gases and addresses classification of carcinogens under GHS and hazard communication labeling. (2015, February).
  • Flammable Solid (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the GHS definition and classification of flammable solids and addresses classification of carcinogens under GHS and hazard communication labeling. (2015, February).
  • Gases Under Pressure (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the GHS definition and classification for gases under pressure and addresses classification under GHS and hazard communication labeling. (2015, February).
  • Germ Cell Mutagenicity (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the GHS definition and classification of germ cell mutagenicity and addresses classification under GHS and hazard communication labeling. (2010, May; updated 2014, April).
  • Info Sheet #1: Pictograms English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with pictograms, symbols of classification, labeling of chemicals, and corresponding chemical hazards as used in the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). (2010, January; Spanish translation 2012, January).
  • Info Sheet #2: Flammable and Combustible Liquids English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides details on how U.S. regulations and consensus standards define flammable and combustible liquids, how the GHS classification and labeling of chemicals harmonizes its flammable liquid criteria, and GHS label elements for flammable and combustible liquids. (2010, January; Spanish translation 2012, January).
  • Info Sheet #3: What is the GHS? English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the definition and benefits of GHS classification and labeling of chemicals and addresses how the GHS will affect compliance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. (2010, March; Spanish translation 2012, January).
  • Info Sheet #4: Labeling-OSHA vs. GHS English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the definition of a label for both GHS and OSHA. In addition, it also addresses the purpose, requirements and label verbiage differences between OSHA and GHS. (2010, March; Spanish translation 2012, January).
  • Info Sheet #5: Eye Damage/Eye Irritation English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet which provides employees with the GHS definition of each injury and labeling requirements and addresses GHS substance classification based on animal testing and physical characteristics of a compound. (2010, May; Spanish translation 2012, January).
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