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The Federal Register - OSHA

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Proposed Rule Hazard Communication Stadard (HCS)OSHA is proposing to modify its existing Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform with the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA has made a preliminary determination that the proposed modifications will improve the quality and consistency of information provided to employers and employees regarding chemical hazards and associated protective measures. The Agency anticipates this improved information will enhance the effectiveness of the HCS in ensuring that employees are apprised of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed, and in reducing the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries.

 PDF version of OSHA Proposed Rule to modify HCS77 FR 17574 Hazard Communication Final Rule (PDF 2mb)

The proposed modifications to the standard include revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards; revised labeling provisions that include requirements for use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements; a specified format for safety data sheets; and related revisions to definitions of terms used in the standard, requirements for employee training on labels and safety data sheets. OSHA is also proposing to modify provisions of a number of other standards, including standards for flammable and combustible liquids, process safety management, and most substance-specific health standards, to ensure consistency with the modified HCS requirements.


Top 10 OSHA Assements for Violations

Rank  Violations during (Oct 2010 thru Sep 2011)


Scaffolding 1926.451
Fall Protection  1926.501
3 Hazard Communication 1910.1200
4 Respiratory Protection 1910.134
5 Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout 1910.147
6 Electrical Wiring Methods 1910.305
7 Powered Industrial Trucks 1910.178
8 Ladders, construction 1926.1053
9 Electrical, General Requirements 1910.303
10 Machine Guarding 1910.212
OSHA Penalties

These are the types of violations that may be cited and the penalties that may be proposed:
  • Other-Than-Serious Violation -- A violation that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm. OSHA may assess a penalty from $0 to $1,000 for each violation. The agency may adjust a penalty for an other-than-serious violation downward by as much as 95 percent, depending on the employer's good faith (demonstrated efforts to comply with the Act), history of previous violations, and size of business.

  • Serious Violation -- A violation where there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result. OSHA assesses the penalty for a serious violation from $1,500 to $7,000 depending on the gravity of the violation. OSHA may adjust a penalty for a serious violation downward based on the employer's good faith, history of previous violations, and size of business.

  • Willful Violation -- A violation that the employer intentionally and knowingly commits. The employer is aware that a hazardous condition exists, knows that the condition violates a standard or other obligation of the Act, and makes no reasonable effort to eliminate it. OSHA may propose penalties of up to $70,000 for each willful violation. The minimum willful penalty is $5,000.

    An employer who is convicted in a criminal proceeding of a willful violation of a standard that has resulted in the death of an employee may be fined up to $250,000 (or $500,000 if the employer is a corporation) or imprisoned up to 6 months, or both. A second conviction doubles the possible term of imprisonment.(3)

  • Repeated Violation -- A violation of any standard, regulation, rule, or order where, upon reinspection, a substantially similar violation is found and the original citation has become a final order. Violations can bring a fine or up to $70,000 for each such violation within the previous 3 years. To calculate repeated violations, OSHA adjusts the initial penalty for the size and then multiplies by a factor of 2, 5, or 10 depending on the size of the business.

  • Failure-to-Abate -- Failure to correct a prior violation may bring a civil penalty of up to $7,000 for each day that the violation continues beyond the prescribed abatement date.
Additional violations for which OSHA may issue citations and proposed penalties are as follows:
  • Falsifying records, reports, or applications can, upon conviction, bring a criminal fine of $10,000 or up to 6 months in jail, or both.
  • Violating posting requirements may bring a civil penalty of $7,000.
  • Assaulting a compliance officer or otherwise resisting, opposing, intimidating, or interfering with a compliance officer in the performance of his or her duties is a criminal offense and is subject to a fine of not more than $5,000 and imprisonment for not more than 3 years.
Citations and penalty procedures may differ somewhat in states with their own occupational safety and health programs.

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Danger Signs
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Danger SignsThe DANGER header is used when there is a hazardous situation which has a high probability of death or severe injury. It should not be considered for property damage unless personal injury risk is present. Signs are available in 3 sizes and 3 materials.


Caution Signs
Caution employees of potentially hazardous situations
Caution SignsThe CAUTION header is used to indicate a hazardous situation which may result in minor or moderate injury. However, Caution should not be used when there is a possibility of death or serious injury. Caution should not be considered for property damage accidents unless personal injury risk is present. Signs are available in 2 sizes and 3 materials.

Warning Signs
Warn employees of potentially hazardous situations
Warning SignsThe WARNING header is used when there is a hazardous situation which has some probability of death or severe injury. It should not be considered for property damage unless personal injury risk is present. Signs are available in 2 sizes and 3 materials.


Notice Signs
Visual reminders for a safer, more efficient workplace
Notice SignsNotice headers provide information of a general type in order to avoid confusion or misunderstanding. Signs are available in 2 sizes and 3 materials.



Confined Space Signs
Conform to 1910.146 and 1926.21
Confined Space SignsAny time an employee or worker needs to enter a confined space, the procedures outlined in 1910.146 must be followed. Signs clearly identify your confined space areas. Available in flexible vinyl with self-adhesive back, rigid plastic or heavy-duty aluminum.



Harsh Condition OSHA Signs
Protective coating resists weather, chemicals and graffiti
Harsh Condition OSHA SignsThese premium quality outdoor signs stand up to the roughest conditions. Each sign comes pre-drilled with 4 corner holes for easy installation. Choose from 3 materials, SetonTuff™, SetonXtraTuff™ and SetonUltraTuff™.


NFPA Sign Kit
Sign panels with numbers and symbol assortment
NFPA Sign KitKit combines signs, symbols and numbers to get you started marking hazardous areas. When you know which chemicals you'll need to mark, this kit will provide you with all the components. Signal panels comply with NFPA standard 704. Use either indoors or out on drums, tanks, containers and buildings. Each kit contains 5 blank NFPA diamonds and enough die-cut numbers and chemical symbols to mark each sign. Vinyl signs have pressure-sensitive adhesive backing and aluminum signs have mounting holes.

Do-It-Yourself NFPA Panels
Comply with NFPA No. 704-1996
Do-It-Yourself NFPA PanelsVinyl, reflective and magnetic signs adhere well to drums and containers. The high performance plastic and aluminum signs should be mounted with screws to a wall or door. The numbers and symbols are pressure-sensitive and easy to apply.

Hazard Warning Labels
Just the right size to place where they're most likely to be seen
Hazard Warning LabelsPut OSHA warning labels on equipment, machinery, storage containers, etc. Self-adhesive vinyl labels can withstand temperatures up to 176F. Labels are 5"w x 3-1/2"h.

Many labels are also available in 2-1/2"w x 1-3/4"h and 7"w x 5"h.



Safety Tags - OSHA Danger Header
Meet OSHA Specifications 1910.145
Safety Tags - OSHA Danger HeaderDurable plastic tags with write-on surface withstand moisture, grease and dirt. Top hole is reinforced with a brass grommet. Tags measure 3"w x 5-3/4"h and many styles are also available in extra large size
4"w x 7"h.

Sold in packages of 5 identical tags and supplied with FREE nylon self-locking fasteners.





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