OSHA announced standard changes to labeling of hazardous materials with a new look of standardized pictograms and labels. The universal labeling will be identified world-wide removing the need for translating labels and providing quick visual recognition to staff. The hazard communication standard requires chemical manufacturers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDS) formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to be in a uniform format, which includes section numbers, headings, and associated information under the headings. Minimum required training for use of labeling must be completed by December 31, 2013. The HCS will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format and the deadline for updating all labeling in your surgery center is June 1, 2015.
For those of you with Joint Commission as your accrediting organization you want to make sure that you implement a Hazard Communication Plan.
Here’s to your success,