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Chemical 'harmonization:' What you need to know

November 14, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making changes that are going to impact the professional cleaning industry, according to a press release.

OSHA is modifying the Hazard Communication Standard to ensure that information and labels on chemicals manufactured and used in the U.S. are "harmonized" with those manufactured in most other parts of the industrialized world, the release stated.

"The changes are to make chemical labeling more consistent both in the U.S. and around the world to help protect [the] health and safety of all users," said Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group.

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According to the release, some of the major changes cleaning professionals should be aware of include:

  • Hazard classification
  • Labels
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Information and training.

"While some changes have already been implemented, others will be phased in over the next two years. This may cause some disruption, but we must remember the ultimate goal: Protecting you, the cleaning professional, as well as everyone else who has exposure to cleaning chemicals," Ashkin added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.