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MN Employee Right to Know/Federal Hazard Communication Training Program.

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

MN-OSHA informed federal OSHA of its intent to adopt the revised standard (29 CFR Part 1910.1200) with some exceptions. Part 1910.1200 contains language indicating that ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and biological agents are not covered. MN-OSHA concurs, but to avoid confusion will not adopt the federal exceptions because they are covered under Minnesota Employee Right-to-Know (ERTK). In addition, while the new 1910.1200 will require retraining, MN-OSHA will retain its annual training requirements under Minnesota (ERTK) for all chemicals, physical agents and infectious agents.

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) 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. 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.

In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:

Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers;
All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
GHS Poster English

Employee Right to Know/Hazard Communication.
Written program that includes:

1. Inventory of hazardous substances/agents
2. Identification of exposed employees
3. Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
4. Training
5. Labeling/Warning

Take Inventory of Hazardous Substance and Agents.
1. Hazardous Substances
2. Noise
3. Heat
4. Ionizing radiation
5. Non-ionizing Radiation
6. Infectious Agents

Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
The GHS is an acronym for The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

1. Product and company identification.
2. Hazards identification.
3. Composition/information on ingredients.
4. First-Aid measures.
5. Firefighting measure.
6. Accidental release measures.
7. Handling and storage.
8. Exposure control/personal protection.
9. Physical and chemical properties.
10. Stability and reactivity.
11. Toxicological information.
12 Ecological information. (non mandatory)
13. Disposal considerations.
14. Transport information.
15. Regulatory information.
16. Other information.

By When?
• Train employees by Dec 1, 2013
• June 1, 2015 manufacturers and distributers comply with all labeling and SDS
• June 1, 2016 fully implemented GHS – updated ERTK


September 29
11:00 am - 12:30 pm