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June 1 greets Hazcom deadline

June 3, 2016
June 1 passed as the last in a series of deadlines set out in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s revised Hazard Communication Standard. Chemical manufacturers, distributors and importers now must provide Safety Data Sheets (SDS, formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS) to the users of their chemical products. 
Dealers must make SDS readily available and must use them when communicating hazard information to their employees. The Hazcom standard also requires chemical products to be properly labelled and potentially exposed employees to be properly trained. A revised version of a National Automobile Dealers Association publication, "A Dealer Guide to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard," will be issued soon. 
For more information on the new standard, please visit OSHA’s Hazcom page or contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at or (703) 821-7040.