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National Healthcare Foundation Standard 7 Change

National Healthcare Foundation Standard 7 Change

To remain consistent with current language from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) has the updated accountability criteria for:   Foundation Standard 7 Safety Practices  7.4 Common Safety Hazards  7.41 Recognize Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Changed to:  7.41 Recognize Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)   Source:  OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574).

Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace.

To help companies comply with the revised standard, OSHA is phasing in the specific requirements over several years. (December 1, 2013 to June 1, 2016).

Foundation Standards October, 2013

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