Tag Archives: Right to Know

Minnesota OSHA Safety Lines available

The January issue of Minnesota OSHA’s Safety Lines newsletter is available online. This edition has information on OSHA inspections, MNOSHA’s five year strategic plan, important safety alerts and product recalls, the updated AWAIR, housekeeping chemicals and more. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Minnesota OSHA’s most frequently cited standards

Minnesota OSHA recently published their most frequently cited standards from 2011: After each federal-fiscal-year (October through September), Minnesota OSHA identifies which standards it cited most frequently. Three fact sheets, identifying citations in the construction industry, in general industry and combined, … Continue reading

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Early spring newsletter: New OSHA Hazard Comunication Standard (GHS) and more…

OSHA has published the new hazard communication standard. It is 800+ pages, but our latest newsletter breaks it down to what most companies need to know. In this newsletter we cover: GHS, MSDS and the new Hazard Communication/Right to Know … Continue reading

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Benefits of a Chemical Inventory

Besides being a requirement, there are several benefits to conducting and maintaining a chemical inventory: Inventory control: By conducting a chemical inventory, you may find that you have chemicals on site that are no longer used or that the chemicals … Continue reading

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GHS Arrives

As of June 1, 2015, material safety data sheets will be no more! But they aren’t quite disappearing entirely. They’re undergoing a name change and a major revamping. They’ll be called Safety Data Sheets instead. Chemical labels will change, too. … Continue reading

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GHS clears OMB review

That’s a mouthful of letters. OSHA’s proposed major change to the Hazard Communication Standard, incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), cleared a significant hurdle, review by the Office of Management and Budget, on February … Continue reading

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It Makes You Shake Your Head In Wonder

We often hear that a work-related accident or illness could have been prevented if the employee had…taken his/her time, thought before they acted, used common sense.  The reality is that people do things that maybe seemed okay at the time, … Continue reading

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OSHA Accomplishments Over 40 Years: Video

As was stated in the recent OSHA QuickTakes: Michaels shares OSHA’s accomplishments at national industrial hygienists conference OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels addressed 2,000 attendees of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s 2011 Conference and Exposition in Portland, Ore., to share … Continue reading

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Chemical inventories

OSHA’s federal hazard communication standard, and Minnesota Right to Know, require that employers keep an inventory of chemicals used in the workplace. Inventories can be maintained by checking product purchase orders against a master inventory list. Anything new should be … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Hazard Alert on Formaldehyde

OSHA has issued a hazard alert on formaldehyde used in hair straightening and smoothing products in beauty salons.  It is harmful to both workers and customers.  Products have been found to contain formaldehyde even when labeled as not containing them.  … Continue reading

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