OSHA Hazardous Chemicals Training Due December 1, 2013; OSHA Proposes New Recordkeeping Rules

OSHA’s training deadline on the new label elements and safety data sheets format in the Hazard Communication Standard is quickly approaching on December 1, 2013. If you have employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies, you must train them by this date. Click here to see our previous Hot Topics article with more specifics on the training requirements.

OSHA also recently published proposed rules to amend the recordkeeping regulations to add three new requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information. OSHA proposes requiring submission of electronic recordkeeping data from large employers (over 250 employees); smaller employers (over 20 employees) in certain high-hazard industries such as construction, manufacturing, and nursing care facilities; and employers who receive notification from OSHA to submit records electronically. Once it receives the data, OSHA will publicly post the electronically submitted injury and illness information on its website.

The proposed rule does not expand what employers need to record nor does it expand the scope of employers who are subject to recordkeeping requirements. The proposed rule can be found by clicking here.  Additional information on the proposed rule can be found on OSHA’s website by clicking here.  

Comments may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, by fax to (202) 693–1648, or mailed to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket Number OSHA–2013–0023, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, by February 6, 2014.