Delay in Chemical Waste Collections
March 5, 2014: Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) wants you to be aware of a delay in chemical waste collection due to a maintenance project in our hazardous materials storage building. The project involves replacement of an outdated fire protection system. We expect the work to begin on March 17, 2014, with completion by March 28, 2014. EHS will make a concerted effort to collect the backlog as soon as the project is finished.
If this delay presents an undue hardship, please contact Tom Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Borth (email@example.com). A good example of an "undue hardship" would be situations where the quantity of hazardous waste in your accumulation area is approaching the storage limit of 55 gallons.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
December 6, 2013: Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard
The federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS; 29 CFR 1910.1200) is often described as giving employees the "right to know" about the hazards of chemicals in the workplace. Recently, the HCS was aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), an international approach to hazard communication. This new approach empowers employees with the "right to understand" chemical safety information. Specific changes in the standard include:
Hazard classification: Provides detailed criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
- Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
- Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) encourages the campus community to take advantage of training opportunities, information, and resources that focus on the Hazard Communication Standard and the new GHS provisions. For additional information, please see our Hazard Communication webpage.