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OSHA revises hazcom standard; Dec. 1 deadline for training

Employee training required

October 16, 2013

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Washington—OSHA is requiring employer training by Dec. 1, 2013, toward employee understanding of new labels and safety data sheets entering the marketplace under a revised hazard communication standard taking effect through June, 2016.

The new product identifiers, signal words, pictograms and hazard statements “will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said at

“This training is needed early in the transition process since workers are already beginning to see the new labels and SDSs [safety data sheets, formerly known as material safety data sheets] on the chemicals in their workplace,” the agency said.

The ADA regulatory compliance manual offers further information on training requirements for the revised hazard communication standard to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

As required by OSHA, dentist employers must train their staff on the new label elements and new safety data sheet format by Dec. 1, 2013. Employers or dental office compliance managers must also update alternative workplace labeling and their hazard communication program as necessary and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards by June 1, 2016, according to ADA’s regulatory compliance manual.

To order the manual and keep abreast of changes to OSHA regulations, call the ADA Member Service Center at 800.947.4746 or go to and request S696B.