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OSHA Update 3.4.2013

osha-logoSpecial Meeting for the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

  • A special meeting of the ACCSH has been called to consider a change to an OSHA standard regarding accident prevention signs and tags in construction. The updates are based on revisions in the American National Standards Institute consensus standards. For more information, see OSHA’s existing Accident Prevention Signs and Tags standard. The committee will also consider proposed amendments and corrections to OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks standards.
  • The meeting will be held on March 18, 2013 from 1- 4 p.m. in Room N-3437 A-C, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210. The meeting is open to the public. Comments and requests to speak may be submitted electronically by March 8 at

OSHA Encourages Employers to Prepare for Pandemic Flu

  • You never know when a pandemic will occur and it can devastate your workforce for several days or weeks depending on its intensity. OSHA reminds that the 2009 flu pandemic was considered mild and yet it still created challenges in several workplaces.
  • For additional information on pandemic flu planning, see the OSHA webpage on pandemic flu.

Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

  • “Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. “Revising OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive.”
  • From the release, “The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.”
  • For more information and FAQ see

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