Chemical-Related Work Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere Targeted Under Renewed Alliance

Recently on our North Carolina Workers Compensation Lawyers Blog, we discussed the alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA). This alliance was renewed for another two years to help to reduce the risks of work accidents involving trenching, excavation, hydrostatic trenching and equipment operations.
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Well, OSHA is at it again. The administration recently announced yet another renewed alliance to help to reduce the risks of work-related accidents in Asheville and elsewhere. This recent announcement expands the alliance between OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). This continued alliance is being used to help raise awareness and education, as well as to provide safety tips to help reduce the risks of work-related injuries regarding the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

Our Asheville workers compensation lawyers understand that there are more than 30 million employees across the nation who are exposed to nearly 700,000 hazardous chemical products. According to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels, the renewed alliance is going to help make sure that employees are knowledgeable about the chemicals present at their work site, the dangers those chemicals present, and how to prevent accidents and injuries regarding these dangerous chemicals.

The renewed alliance between OSHA and the SCHC will go on strong for another two years. These two will be sharing information on OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda, National Emphasis Programs and participating in the rule-making process. In addition, the alliance will be creating informational sheets regarding the physical and health hazards of certain chemicals and the elements of the GHS label complaint. This information will be shared through webinars, industry meetings, presentations, and national health and safety conferences. Most importantly, the alliance will be helping to inform workers about the most effective practices to help prevent injuries and illnesses from dangerous chemicals.

Currently, the SCHC represents about 500 professionals within the chemical hazard communication industry. These individuals work diligently on raising awareness about new technology, developments and safety measures within hazard communications.
The SCHC includes faith- and community-based organizations, trade and professional organizations, unions, educational institutions, consulates, businesses and others. Those within the alliance program do not receive any exemptions from OSHA’s programmed inspections.

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) currently requires dangerous products and chemicals to visibly provide information identifying these materials. The following must be completed to help protect workers:

-Chemical importers and manufacturers must evaluate the hazards of the chemicals that they manufacture and import.

-Manufacturers much create and display labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS) to communicate the hazard information to their downstream customers.

-All hazardous chemicals in the work area must have labels and must have MSDSs to convey dangers to exposed workers. These exposed workers must be trained properly to handle these chemicals safely.

If you, a coworker or someone in your family has been injured or killed on the job or would like to file a disability claim, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for assistance regarding your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case today.

More Blog Entries:

Job Injuries in Anderson Increase for Working Teens, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, February 29, 2012

Asheville Work Accidents on OSHA’s Agenda, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, February 7, 2012

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