SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

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June 01, 2015 14:09 ET

NACD Welcomes OSHA Guidance on Hazard Communication Standard

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - June 01, 2015) - On Friday, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued Interim Enforcement Guidance to address the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) concerns on key deadlines under the agency's Hazard Communication Standard 2012 (HCS 2012) rule going into effect today, June 1. HCS 2012 revises the way chemical hazards are communicated on labels and safety data sheets. NACD applauds OSHA for taking to heart chemical distributor concerns and for providing this guidance ahead of the June 1 deadline.

"The agency's guidance issued late last week allays many of the concerns our members have regarding compliance with the new OSHA requirements, most importantly, that they may continue to ship previously packaged and labeled products," said NACD President Eric R. Byer. "Over the last few months, we maintained constant communication with the agency to ensure they understood our concerns, and this guidance document is a direct result of our outreach."

One of NACD members' biggest questions prior to the guidance document was whether they would be able to continue to ship previously stocked products with pre-HCS 2012 compliant labels. While the rule allows "distributors" to continue to ship these products until December 1, 2015, few NACD members qualify as distributors under the rule because they import, blend, formulate, and/or repackage chemical products, which makes them manufacturers according to OSHA. To address this issue, NACD asked for relief and educated OSHA on how the complexity of the industry made it nearly impossible for downstream supply chain members to meet the June 1 deadline.

"We thank OSHA for providing clarification on the new rule for downstream members of the chemical supply chain," Byer stated, "and we will continue to work with the agency going forward to ensure our members comply with the new requirements."

The full guidance document can be found here.

NACD and its nearly 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party-verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.

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