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Know the change in the HazCom regulation

October 11, 2013
Employers are responsible for implementing the changes in the Hazard Communication regulation at their dealership. So, as an employer, what do you need to know about the changes?
1. Hazards now must be classified, noting the hazard class and hazard category. This will define the level of hazard and the degree of severity.
2. Percentages for classifying mixtures now have a tiered approach, instead of broad definitions.
3. The new standard requires specific information and language on labels. Harmonized signal words, pictograms and hazard statements must be used. Additionally, statements listing precautionary hazard measures must be listed.
4. 16-section safety data sheets (SDS) now are required to provide consistent information.
5. OSHA’s mandatory permissible exposure limits (PELs) and the non-mandatory threshold limit values (TLVs) must be listed on the SDS.
6. Employers are required to train employees on the new label elements.
7. Employees must be trained on the new standard by Dec. 1, 2013. Compliance with the modified provision of the final rule must be met by June 1, 2016.
8. Distributors may ship products labeled under the old HazCom standard until Dec. 1, 2015.
9. Employers must update workplace labeling and written hazard communications by June 1, 2016.
This article is written by KPA, which provides environment and safety services for auto, RV, and heavy equipment and agricultural dealers. Contact KPA at or (800) 853-9659.