The Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration has indicated that it will not delay the Hazard Communication Standard's June 2015 deadline for mixtures as it relates to the new warning label and Safety Data Sheet requirements. A coaltion of nine industry groups had sent a letter to OSHA requesting that the Agency push back the deadline by two years arguing that the deadline is unworkable since companies shipping chemicals may not get the information they need from their raw material suppliers in time to upate their labels and safety data sheets.
OSHA informed the groups that those shipping materials don't need to be in compliance with the new requirements by June 2015 if companies can demonstrate that they tried to get the necessary information. The Agency is in the process of developing a written enforcement policy that provides specific guidance on this issue. The directive, under development, is chiefly for inspectors and other enforcement officials, however, it will also provide guidance for employers on what constitutes compliance with the new standard.
A province wide safety blitz on potential hazards of industrial machinery will take place November 3 to December 14th in Ontario, Canada. Inspectors will focus on machinery that isn't properly guarded, locked out or blocked and will also ensure that workplaces have strong internal responsibility systems for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They will be looking to make sure that employers are acting to prevent awkward postures and repetitive motions that could lead to musculoskeletal disorders and protected from exposure to chemicals. The blitz will target 10 industrial sectors, including printing.
Health Canada has released its proposal that would repeal and replace the Controlled Products Regulations, and make consequential amendments to related regulations, to implement the GHS in Canada.
The implementation of the GHS through their proposed regulatory amendments is intended to achieve the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council commitment to align and synchronize implementation of common classification and labelling requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals within the mandate of Health Canada and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
It is expected that Health Canada will set a June 2015 implementation date to align with the implementation timetable for OSHA's HCS 2012 regulations.
According to a White House fact sheet, companies must disclose labor law violations from the previous three years before they can win a federal contract. The order applies to contracts valued more than $500,000. The order is an attempt to reward contractors that have clean records by allowing them to check a singe box on the bid form indicating that they have no violations.
OSHA has announced the that number of facilities labeled as severe violators has reached 423. Of the 423 listed facilities, construction companies account for 60% of the SVEP cited firms. Manufacturers still represent about 28% of the list, and when looking at the size of the workplaces listed, small employers continue to dominate the list. For OSHA to designate an employer as a severe violator, an inspection must uncover at least two willful, repeat or failure to abate violations that are considered "high gravity" and related to "high-emphasis hazards." High-emphasis hazards include falls, amputations, and combustible dust, to list those that are most pertinent to the specialty imaging industry.