Category Archives: OSHA

OSHA revises its Hazard Communication Standard to Align it with the U.N.’s Global Chemical Labeling System

On March 26, 2012, OSHA published its Final Rule modifying the current Hazard Communications Standard at 29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, and 1926 in order to align the standard with the U.N.’s Global Chemical Labeling System.

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and all employers (including health care employers) with hazardous chemicals in their workplace are affected by the changes in the hazard communication requirements. Continue reading

OSHA – New Nursing Home and Residential Care Facility National Emphasis Program

On April 5, 2012, OSHA announced its new national emphasis program targeting nursing home and residential care facilities. This program is similar to the program OSHA embarked on in 2003-2004. However, the new program will also focus on workplace violence. The program is designed to address the protection of workers from serious safety and health hazards that are common in medical industries. National emphasis programs target specific hazards in an industry for a three-year period. This program will target nursing homes and residential care facilities in an effort to reduce occupational illnesses and injuries. Continue reading