In December of 2013, OSHA’s new requirement for labeling of hazardous chemicals in the workplace went into effect. The goal of the labeling changes is to make the labeling more user-friendly. As of June 1, 2015, all labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification. However, employers and administrators will face challenges in implementing the new labels, and the failure to meet OSHA requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals in the workplace is often the basis for citations and penalties.
The new regulations can be found at www.osha.gov. For assistance or further information, contact Toni J. Ellington, Esq. at (504) 599-8500.