New OSHA Hazard Communication Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals as the new standard for hazard communication (HAZCOM). Effective Dec. 1, 2013, employers must ensure that employees are trained on the new labeling elements and Safety Data Sheet formats. Training should include:

  • What is GHS?
  • Understanding GHS labels
  • Safety Data Sheets (formerly MSDS)

For direct access to helpful HAZCOM materials, Federated Insurance client members are encouraged to log onto Federated's Shield Network.

NATSO members who are not Federated clients may request a complimentary Hazard Communication Training Guide by completing and submitting this form.



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Amy Toner

Toner markets NATSO products, services and meetings. She is the content editor of NATSO's core websites, Stop Watch magazine and Highway Business Matters biweekly articles. In addition, she provides creative services across all departments. Toner joined NATSO in 2006. Prior to joining the association, she served as director of membership services at an association for ambulatory surgery centers. Toner lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. More
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