Spotting Chemical Dangers in the Workplace

By Stephanie Steinberger
Senior Loss Control Consultant

It sounds like a mouthful, but the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is an important initiative to help keep employees safe.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, GHS is a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards. To promote this effort, OSHA, in conjunction with the United Nations, developed a system of labels and safety data sheets to offer guidelines and Continue reading

New rules cover caution with machinery, crane inspection

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued some new laws concerning companies that work with machines and other heavy equipment.

OSHA has issued a pending rule that will update the allowable occupational exposure to Beryllium. All of the chemicals regulated by OSHA are changed periodically to ensure workers’ safety. Employers who use chemicals may wish to review OSHA regulations for permitted exposure levels. Continue reading

Setting up safety rules around chemicals

Keeping workers safe around dangerous chemicals is a one way to reduce the potential risk of workers compensation claims, as many substances that factory employees work with can present dangers to those who are uninitiated in the right precautions.

The first step to staying safe is being aware of the potential certain chemicals have to be dangerous. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps an updated list of all the known dangerous chemicals. The database contains information about a chemical’s reactivity with water and air, along with other chemicals Continue reading