Occupational Carcinogens

Safety Label

4 min read Some occupational cancer-causing agents such as asbestos are well known and well documented. Asbestos fibers in the air can get into the lungs and cause cancer even decades later. Many other carcinogens are present in workplaces too, though, which don’t have household names. According to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom, the world’s largest professional health and safety membership organization, more than 50 substances are known or probable workplace carcinogens. …

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More HazCom Updates on the Horizon?

Globally Harmonized System, Purple Book

3 min read In 2012, OSHA updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Many of these changes have begun to impact employers, as businesses are required to train workers in how to read the new chemical labels and safety data sheets, and beginning this June, businesses must also have compliant labels in their workplaces. There have been many workplace discussions about how to …

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Chemical Hazard Labels: Do Yours Look Like this Yet?

Hazardous Chemical Label

4 min read If you have hazardous chemicals in your workplace, you’ve probably heard about the upcoming changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS). Beginning in 2015, labels and information sheets for hazardous chemicals will be changing to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) that standardizes labels to make communication between countries simpler. These changes are also intended to make it easier for workers who handle hazardous chemicals to find out pertinent information …

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Cleaning Chemical Safety Information

cleaning chemicals

5 min read When you think about hazardous chemicals in the workplace, the first ones that come to mind may not be cleaning chemicals. Chemicals used for cleaning, though, can pose a number of hazards to worker health and safety, especially for workers who use them on a daily basis like janitorial staff. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2.8 million people in the cleaning industry are potentially exposed to dangerous cleaning chemicals on a daily basis, …

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