SCHC-OSHA Alliance Committee
Administers all aspects of the Alliance activities, including the development of hazard communication training and other tools that will be developed for use by OSHA and SCHC in improving hazard communication.
Attention SCHC HazCom Professionals:
We want to know what sheets you need to help you with GHS!
To submit ideas, please contact one of the chairpersons above.
Current GHS Infomation Sheet Library:
The following sheets were produced by the SCHC-OSHA Alliance GHS Information Sheet Workgroup:
The information contained in these sheets is believed to accurately represent provisions of U.S. regulations, consensus standards, and current GHS requirements. However, SCHC cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information. Users are responsible for determining the suitability and appropriateness of these materials for any particular application.
These sheets are developed through OSHA's Alliance Program for informational purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA or the U.S. Department of Labor.
"Hazard Communication: 1 Year of Implementation" webinar
The SCHC OSHA Alliance is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the July 25, 2013: "Hazard Communication: 1 Year of Implementation" webinar. Presenters are: Kathy Landkrohn, Health Scientist, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG) and Jennifer Lawless, Senior Industrial Hygienist, OCH-M, DSG. Register soon for this information packed webinar.
Alliance Quarterly Review, March 2013
The March 2013 issue of the Alliance Quarterly Review is here. This edition focuses on a number of topics including:
ASSE’s work protecting Hurricane Sandy workers;
Alliance products translated into Spanish and Portuguese; and
The ten most frequently cited standards during FY 2012.
Also included in the AQR are articles about OSHA’s rulemaking plan, the 2013 NAOSH Week kick-off event, and new compliance assistance resources developed by Alliance Program participants through the Alliance Program and more.
OSHA/SCHC Alliance Webinar Archive Available
Through OSHA’s Alliance with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC), an informational presentation on “Hazard Communication – The Revised Standard and What Changes You Can Expect in the Workplace” has been made available to aid companies in understanding the requirements of the new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012). The webinar describes changes to the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Topics included changes expected in training, labeling, and safety data sheets and compliance aides available through SCHC.
The following materials are now available:
Recorded Presentation (Slideshow with audio presentation – cannot be separately downloaded)
Slides (PDF – click “Presentation Download” on the left side of the screen)
An Edited Transcript (PDF – click “Edited Transcript” on the left side of the screen).
To access these materials, click https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1006847 and submit your e-mail address and information (if needed). You will receive a link with instructions on viewing the presentation, or downloading the reference materials.
When you have finished watching the archive, we would appreciate another minute of your time to complete a brief Evaluation Form to capture your feedback on the presentation.
For additional information on GHS in the Workplace, please consider the following sites:
US Department of Labor's OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard
OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication renew Alliance to promote best practices to reduce worker exposures to chemical hazards
OSHA-SCHC Alliance Renewal
We are excited to announce that the OSHA-SCHC Alliance has been renewed. Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and Suzanne Matuszewski, Society President, will sign the alliance on March 1, 2012 at a ceremony held at OSHA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
OSHA-SCHC Alliance Information Sheets now available in Spanish
Spanish translations of the first six GHS Information sheets are now posted on the Alliance News page. These documents will soon be available as links from the OSHA web page as well. Many thanks go to Beth Levi, GHS Information Sheet Chair, Mike McDowell for formatting the documents and the Information Sheet authors and reviewers.
OSHA submits GHS Hazcom rule to OMB.
SCHC-OSHA Alliance Renewal, 2008 Signing
OSHA and EPA jointly develop new Occupational Chemical Database
OSHA and EPA jointly developed a new Occupational Chemical Database to provide a convenient reference for the occupational safety and health community. This database compiles information from several government agencies and organizations. Available database reports include: "Physical Properties," "Exposure Guidelines," "NIOSH Pocket Guide," and "Emergency Response Information," including the DOT Emergency Response Guide. You can find the new database on the OSHA web site by clicking here.
OSHA Provides Guidance for Hazard Determination
SCHC-OSHA Alliance Status - 03/25/2008
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and SCHC hereby renew the Alliance signed October 22, 2003 and renewed December 5, 2005, to provide SCHC members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to health and physical hazards of chemicals and addressing hazard communication, including training, labeling and material safety data sheets in the workplace. In addition, the Alliance will work to distribute information and increase awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SCHC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and SCHC will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and SCHC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for small business and other employers regarding hazard communication and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
OSHA and SCHC will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the SCHC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SCHC's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding effective approaches to hazard communication issues in the workplace and publicize these results through outreach by SCHC and through OSHA- or SCHC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on hazard communication that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach, communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazard communication issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.
Use this link to get to OSHA's web page and see the Alliance in action!
SCHC-OSHA Alliance Committee Members:
- Michael Buczynski
- Dan Levine
- Denese Deeds
- Karrie Ishmael
- David Peters
- Michele Sullivan
- Darlene Susa-Anderson