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US Hazcom compliance challenges ahead, survey finds

Half of affected companies in the US have yet to meet the Osha hazard communication Standard (Hazcom) compliance requirements, according to a survey conducted by software firm Actio. The deadline for compliance is 1 June.

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha) revised Hazcom in 2012 to align with the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals. The agency outlined specific compliance milestones and deadlines for industry.

To gauge the current level of preparedness, Actio – which supplies SDS management and product compliance software – conducted a survey. From the 108 companies providing full responses, there is a considerable challenge facing industry, with the deadline fast approaching.

Three quarters of responders from "compliant" companies said the process had taken more than a year. And, despite obvious progress, many companies may not have started soon enough. One of the biggest problems cited is obtaining up-to-date compliant safety data sheets from suppliers.

The majority of responders from "non-compliant" companies expected their companies to take at least 120 days or more, from now, to achieve full compliance. This suggests they will miss the 1 June deadline.

Read more about the survey's findings on CW+ Chemical Risk Manager

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