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Question: When is the chemical manufacturer required to distribute an MSDS?
Answer: The MSDS must list hazard information that gets distributed to the customer at the time of first shipment of the product. Hazcom also requires that MSDSs be updated by the chemical manufacturer or …
Question: How does Hazcom apply to pharmaceutical drugs?
Answer: Hazcom only applies to pharmaceuticals that the drug manufacturer has determined to be hazardous and that are known to be present in the workplace such that employees are exposed under normal conditions of use or in …
Question: Is it okay to store MSDSs on a computer?
Answer: The Hazcom standard requires that MSDSs be readily accessible to employees, i.e., immediately available at all times. Computerized MSDSs would be okay if the employee’s work area includes the area where the MSDSs can be …
Question: What do temp agencies have to do to comply with Hazcom?
Answer: According to OSHA, the temporary agency employer is expected to provide generic hazard training and information about the types of chemicals employees may potentially encounter on the job. Host employers would then be …
By Glenn Demby, Editor-in-Chief
Can OSHA cite an employer for workplace bullying?
No. But an employer could be liable for bullying under other laws.
Workplace bullying has become a major problem. In a recent survey, 35% of employees say they’ve been bullied at work; another 50% say they’ve …
Is an exercise regime for an employee directed by a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)recordable as “medical treatment” under the Recordkeeping standard?
Here’s how OSHA answered this question in a May 20, 2011 Interpretation Letter:
If the ATC recommends exercise to an employee who exhibits signs or symptoms …
I run a warehouse in Pennsylvania. Two of my workers, call them Jack and Bob, hate each other. I’ve tried to keep them separated but the other day, Jack jumped Bob in the break room and began throwing punches. By the time we pulled them …
A telecommuter working in her home office hears her baby cry. She runs out to see what’s the matter, trips on an extension cord and breaks her leg. Is the injury work-related injury and thus recordable in the OSHA 300 under the OSHA Recordkeeping …
Yes, as long as you can show that the vaccination is necessary for health and safety and that your vaccination policy doesn’t:
Violate the affected workers’ contract or collective bargaining agreement;
Discriminate against workers on the basis of religion or disability; or
Violate OSHA whistleblower protection laws.
But even …