December 1 is the training deadline for the new OSHA Hazard Communication standard. According to OSHA, about 43 million workers will be affected by the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which now is aligned with the international Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
Top-level executives take risk management very seriously. Survival is at stake. As CEO, it’s tough to point the finger at anyone else when shareholder value is eroded, a brand is damaged, or catastrophic loss occurs.
September is National Preparedness Month. Emergencies can strike any business at any time, and the spectrum of disruption is huge. For instance, losing power for one working day is a big deal. But think about how losing power for a week or more following a major storm (see: Sandy) would affect your business.
The plane crash July 6 of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco offers great insight about emergency planning. While three people were killed in the crash, 304 survived.
OSHA is changing its Hazard Communication Standard, and employers are required to train employees on the updated requirements by December 1. The changes align OSHA's regulations with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which is the international standard for labeling and clearly communicating chemical hazards to employees.