The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) standard requirements, applicable to concessioners, changed in December 2013. Concessioners must maintain regulatory compliance.
The OSHA HAZCOM standard has been in place for many years, and OSHA's general requirements for employers include concessioners. Concessioners must:
- Develop and implement a written HAZCOM program that meets OSHA requirements.
- Maintain an inventory of chemicals used and stored in the workplace.
- Maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for chemicals used and stored in the workplace.
- Label chemical containers with the name and hazards of the chemical.
- Train employees on the HAZCOM program.
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
In 2012, OSHA revised the HAZCOM, or the "right-to-know" standard, to use an approach called the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This United Nations' vetted revision improves the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs. Many of the HAZCOM requirements concessioners are familiar with remain the same. However, a few requirements have changed:
- The GHS requires that chemical containers be labeled with a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category; and
- Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets, are standardized to include 16 specific sections, making it easier for employees to find important protection information consistently.