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Is it acceptable to have Black Diamonds surrounding the images on your GHS Labels? The short answer is no. The new HCS Rule that adopted the GHS elements for labeling requires a RED Diamond shaped border around all images. And although OSHA did acknowledge that the RED Diamonds would require a bit more planning, and yes “money”, the counter side of that is that the visibility will be greatly increased. Red is a much more noticeable color which will draw the eye of a user to the hazards.

Training….training…training and GHS?


One of the requirements for any OSHA rule is that it be feasible.  The added elements of the GHS to the revised Hazard Communication Standard are in fact, very feasible.

As previously stated, GHS elements have been added to the Hazardous Communication Standard.  Although we all seem to be referring to GHS as a rule in itself, it has, in fact been incorporated into what already existed, and thus updating the HCS to meet global standards.

Overwhelmed by GHS chatter?  Wondering what it all means?  It isn’t as complicated as you may think. 

Creating custom GHS Labels quickly and Easily is just a few clicks away with the new EZMAKE® Sign System.  That’s right, the new and improved EZMAKE® SIGN SYSTEM is available now and will make your compliance with the new components of the HCS rule simple.  Cost effective, fast, versatile…EZMAKE® is the to your answer to labeling needs.

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Did you know that Safetycal attends six to ten Safety or Operations Conferences a year?  From sea to shining sea, we travel the United States attending assorted industry specific trade shows and conferences.  We do this for a couple of reasons.  First of all, we really enjoy getting to meet our customers face to face.  It is a great opportunity to discuss issues being faced in the field.  We have come up with some of our best ideas to solve said problems at these conferences.  Secondly, it gives you, our customers a chance to see what we have that is new.  For instance, this year we are exc

There has been an overwhelming amount of industry chatter regarding the GHS additions to the HCS Rule.  So much confusion out there…but it needn’t be confusing or difficult. How about starting a check list?  Have you received your updated SDS forms from your suppliers?  You need them before you can start your labeling project.  This writer cautions anyone from hastily jumping into any kind of conversion software.  There is data required in the SDS and further, on GHS labels, that simply is not available in old, out of date MSDS forms.  

 Did you know there is much more to the new HCS rule than just the GHS changes!

Over the past couple of years we have all been focused on the new GHS portion of the revised HCS rule.  However, there are many additional changes that need to be discussed.

Beginning last year in June (2015) there were several wording changes mandated for ASBESTOS, CADMIUM, LEAD and METHYLENEDIANILINE (MDA).   

In addition, there are changes to Flammable Liquid Storage limits.

Did you know. . .

  * SAFETYCAL® has been in business since 1974. 

  * We specialize in OSHA compliance and difficult environments.

  * We create every product we make with careful consideration to your end uses.

  * SAFETYCAL® has the perfect solution to all of your labeling issues.

  * The new  EZMAKE® SIGN SYSTEM is ready to launch you into compliance!

*During 1982-2006, NIOSH investigated 185 fatalities related to installation, maintenance, service, or repair tasks on or near machines, equipment, processes or systems.

We all know by now how important Lockout or Tag-Out is.  But what are the solutions? First and foremost, having a written Lockout program that ALL employees are properly trained in, is paramount.   If you are in doubt about how to put one together, contact a consulting company, search for basic program on line or call your local OSHA office for help.