What is the phase-in period for the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)?
As a real estate professional and property management company, you’re responsible for the training of employees on the revised HCS in the workplace.
As part of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), this international approach to classifying and labeling chemical hazards is a global improvement for the increased safety and health of employees exposed to hazardous chemicals. OSHA estimates that over 5 million workplaces in the US will be affected by the revised HCS.
Training for Two Major Changes by December 1st, 2013
By December 1st, 2013, you must be in compliance for two major changes in the revised HCS. Training in the use of new label elements and a standardized Safety Data Sheets (SDS) format are both required as the first phase in this several-year process, ending on June 1, 2016.
Because workers will already be seeing the new labels and SDSs on the chemicals, this critical training will ensure that your employees have the right information to protect themselves. When your employees begin to see the new labels and SDSs in their workplace, they will be familiar with them, understand how to use them, and know how to access the information.
The phase-in dates for the revised Hazard Communication Standard are as follows:
Completed by December 1, 2013
- Employers train employees on new label elements and safety data sheets (SDS) format.
Completed by June 1, 2015
- Compliance with all modified provisions of this rule (except for distributor shipping only GHS labelled containers by Dec. 1, 2015).
- Requirements include employers, chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors.
Completed by June 1, 2016
- Employers update workplace labeling and hazard on any new physical or health hazards within six months of becoming aware of the new information.
- Employers provide additional employee training for any new physical or health hazard.
During the phase-in period, employers are required to be in compliance with either the existing HCS, the revised HCS, or both. Employers are not required to maintain two sets of labels and SDSs.
The first phase in OSHA training for the revised HCS includes required topics on the new label elements and the SDSs to be completed by December 1, 2013.
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