What OSHA’s new Hazardous Communication Standard means for your business

Author: Amy Volk | Posted: 8/16/2013

Most dealers use and store hazardous chemicals in their workplace.  Products ranging from cleaners to lubricants to paint contain OSHA-regulated hazardous chemicals.  Dealers are not alone - OSHA estimates more than 5 million businesses in the United States use hazardous chemicals.  If you are like most dealers, OSHA’s recently revised Hazard Communication Standard applies to your business and you have work to do before December 1.

We do not necessarily recommend that you read the entire new standard, because it is well in excess of 300 pages long.    That makes it difficult for business owners who are busy with the day-to-day operations of their dealerships to learn what they need to do to follow OSHA’s new rules – and the Hazard Communications Standard happens to be one of the top ten cited violations in 2012.  

To avoid a citation, here is what you really need to know before the December 15 deadline for employee training.