Coating Makers Roll Out Hazard Labels
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Coatings Association has introduced a variety of materials to help employers comply with new federal hazmat communications requirements.
The resources include new Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) labels that are designed to communicate in-plant hazard information and comply with the latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
The HMIS system uses colors, numbers, letters and symbols of types of personal protective equipment to clarify risks for workers, according to the association. The labels are being sold through ACA licensees LabelMaster and J.J. Keller and Associates Inc.
ACA’s system is designed to comply with the workplace labeling requirements of OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard, which aligns with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
In addition, ACA has other resources to help employers develop and implementation their Hazard Communication Programs, including the Hazardous Materials Identification System Implementation Manual, Fourth Edition and an HMIS Sample Training Presentation.
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Labels list types of hazards and include space to indicate what personal protective equipment may be needed.
The manual addresses hazard assessment, labeling, Safety Data Sheets, and employee training.