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Reminder: June 1 was final deadline for HazCom and GHS compliance

To be fully compliant with GHS adoption, all employers should have completed any necessary updates to hazard communication programs, including workplace-labeling procedures, and trained all affected employees on any new hazards identified during the manufacturers', distributors', or importers' chemical reclassification process.

New bulletins clarify training, hazcom requirements for temp workers

One bulletin explains that the host employer and staffing agency share responsibility for training temp workers and outlines the requirements.

A second bulletin directs the host employer and staffing agency to complete hazard communication training before the temp worker starts work, and communicate when that training is finished. Training should be conducted each time a new chemical hazard is introduced. Staffing agencies must, at a minimum, provide generic hazard communication information and training, while the host employer has the primary responsibility for providing site-specific hazard communication information and training on chemical hazards in the workplace.

New fact sheets cover confined-space emergencies, scaffolds, longshoring

The confined space fact sheet includes information on how to select an off-site emergency responder, the types of hazards rescuers might encounter, and other information that emergency service providers should obtain from employers during pre-rescue planning.

The ladder jack scaffolds fact sheet includes information about how to handle the scaffolds safely before and during use.

The longshoring in marine terminals fact sheet has tips for employers on how to train workers to prevent lifting incidents and encourage clear communication at all times.

Preventing construction falls: infographics available

OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Construction Research and Training have developed a new series of infographics that illustrates the importance of preventing falls in construction. Available in both English and Spanish, the infographics can be downloaded as PDFs or JPEGs for use in social media, presentations, and print materials from

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