Hazardous Materials 12/31/13 Training Requirement

We are coming down the home stretch for the first round of (required) training on the new GHS Hazard Communication Program. The first round of training must be completed by December 31, 2013. For information on the new law, go to Alliance Health & Risk Service’s website at www.ahrsriskcontrol.com. Go to Safety Tips and Articles on the right upper side of the Home Page. The tab will take you directly to the PDF document that explains what you need to know.

The requirement for training participation is below!

California (Cal/OSHA) Hazard Communication Regulation (existing and new law) applies to:
A. All California employers – regardless of size – whose employees may be exposed to hazardous substances.
B. All hazardous substances found in the workplace under normal conditions of use as well as in reasonably foreseeable emergency conditions (i.e., a spill or release of a flammable chemical).

Proposition 65 applies to all businesses except:
• Companies employing fewer than ten employees
• Any government agency
• All public water systems

Proposition 65 applies only to:
The specified list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. These listed chemicals may be naturally occurring or synthetic, used as ingredients
in materials and products, and/or generated as byproducts, emissions, and waste.

What is Proposition 65
Proposition 65, or as it is commonly called, Prop 65, is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. It is administered by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

What does Prop 65 do
Prop 65 provides that persons doing business in the State of California may not expose individuals to chemicals known to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning, nor discharge such chemicals into drinking water.

Prop 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or reproductive harm. The list was first published in 1987 and is updated at least once a year. There are currently over 800 chemicals and substances on the list. The list of chemicals include both individual chemicals and categories of chemicals. The chemical may be present, for example, in common household products such as food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust.

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