New BLS report on workplace fatalities, growing role of MSDs in workplace injuries, Obama’s cabinet fight and more on EHS This Week

On This week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • A BLS report on how we can reduce workplace fatalities.
  • The increasing role of MSDs in workplace injury stats
  • The fight to implement key Obama cabinet members (EPA and DOL) and more!

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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The Top 5 upcoming OHS regulatory events you need to know about: #2

Yesterday we talked about changes to injury and illness recordkeeping rules.

Here’s the next issue in our Top 5:

2. Revised hazard communication standard:

OSHA will be reworking its hazard communication standard (HCS) to reflect the internationally used Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

This will significantly affect how businesses label hazardous products and maintain material safety data sheets (MSDS, soon to drop the “M” and become simply “SDS” to conform to the global standard). As in the pictured image, GHS will require all labels to have the red border, for example, around warning signals. Review this past Monday’s web chat with OSHA for more info on this change.

Since almost all businesses are required to keep accurate MSDS, the impact of this change will be significant and far-reaching.

It is unclear exactly when the administration will issue a final rule on … Read more...