|New labels on hazardous chemicals can help |
protect workers, OSHA says.
According to OSHA, these new labels could help prevent 40 deaths and about 500 workplace injuries and illnesses related to exposure to harmful chemicals each year.
Hazardous materials are a common sight for US workers: About 43 million people come in contact with hazardous substances on the job.
The new labels will be less confusing and generally easier to understand.
Some companies might also benefit by saving on training costs and paperwork, OSHA says, since chemical manufacturers currently have to produce two sets of labels, one for U.S. standards and one for U.N. standards.
The new rules will be phased in over a period of time and will come into full effect in the year 2016.
The rules aim to improve protection for workers, employers and chemicals users and they also require companies to include hazard information about combustible dust.
Combustible dust can become an occupational hazard when tiny particles catch fire as a result of producing chemicals, plastics, metals and foods. In the future, there may be a separate rule specifically geared to combustible dust hazards.
Source: Washington Post
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