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Checklist for compliance, Part 2

Requirements for chemical product and article manufacturers.
By Louisa Mayers
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This is the second of a two-part series on the steps United States-based employers should take to comply with the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, also known as OSHA HCS 2012.


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Checklist for Compliance

The importance of OSHA HCS 2012.
By Louisa Mayers
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In 1983, OSHA enacted the Hazard Communication Standard to ensure the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are classified and information on the classified hazards is communicated to employers and their employees through a comprehensive hazard communication program, container labeling, material safety data sheets and employee training.
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Be prepared

How properly to handle bloodborne pathogen exposure.
By Michael Place
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Injuries are a part of life in most industries.


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Loading dock safety

Proper operating procedures are essential in preventing accidents.
By Mary Prahler
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Loading docks are the hub of activity and are one of the most dangerous spots in a warehouse. This is due to the combination of hazards and the volume of activities that occur in this usually confined area.
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Safe delivery

Reduce risk with proper cargo securement.
By Michael Place
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Damaged cargo can be costly to a business. It can result in lost materials, lost customers, citations and a poor company image. Worse, improperly secured cargo can lead to traffic incidents and injuries to workers.
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Better safe than sorry

By Rudy Cuevas
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Proper training for working on elevated surfaces is vital.
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DOT audits

By Mary Prahler
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Commercial vehicle fleet compliance is essential.
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Beat the heat

Education is paramount when dealing with high-temperature working conditions.
By Mary Prahler
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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.
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Get in the know

Wholesalers should be up-to-date on revised OSHA chemical regulations.
By Mary Prahler
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Currently, workplaces in the United States function under the Hazard Communication Standard 1910.1200 as published in the Code of Federal Regulations on March 11, 1994 - also referred to as HCS 1994.
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Respiratory protection in the workplace

Establishing a compliant program can save lives.
By Kevin Gebing
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The first step in the process of developing a RPP is to conduct an industrial hygiene audit of the workplace to assess the presence of any atmospheric contaminants. Respiratory hazards can take the form of harmful dust, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smoke, sprays or vapors.
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