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Product Warnings

Year in and year out, OSHA reports that the most frequent workplace violation is for inadequate hazard communication, including product labeling and MSDSs.

Have you reviewed your MSDSs and labeling for compliance with updated regulations and standards? If you answered “No” to either one, Environmental Profiles can help! We’ll help you understand what warnings are sufficient for your product’s intended use.

Environmental Profiles has reviewed and developed warnings and MSDSs for a wide variety of products. We are intimately familiar with the requirements established in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and with the ANSI Guidelines. It is important to stay in compliance, and we’re ready to help you.

OSHA Requirements (from OSHA's web site)

In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information must be available about the identities and hazards of the chemicals. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:

Why Develop/Review Product Warnings?

Our services include:

For further information about how our product warnings expertise can benefit you, contact at (410) 740-9600.

MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)

An MSDS is a detailed information bulletin produced by a chemical manufacturer or importer that describes, among other things, the physical and chemical properties, physical and health hazards, routes of exposure, precautions for safe handling and use, emergency and first-aid procedures, and control measures. Information on an MSDS aids in the selection of safe products and helps prepare employers and employees to respond effectively to daily exposure situations as well as to emergency situations.

A complete, clear and accurate MSDS benefits everyone: manufacturers, consumers & workers. It is an important piece in minimizing potential exposure to litigation that could arise from improper use of a chemical.

OSHA specifies what must be included on an MSDS, but does not prescribe a specific format for an MSDS. So it is important for manufacturers and importers of products containing potentially hazardous substances to work with knowledgeable professionals who have experience in crafting these crucial documents. Environmental Profiles has helped to create dozens of MSDSs.

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"As a general matter, providing workers with comprehensive information regarding possible workplace dangers bears a direct and immediate relationship to safety and health."

U.S. Court of Appeals
(General Carbon Co. v. OSHRC, 860 F. 2d 479 (D.C. Cir. 1988))

A product warning label is required if a product contains more than a trace of a toxic or hazardous chemical. Examples of some of the information that should be found on a warning label include:

When faced with the daunting task of creating effective warning labels, a manufacturer or importer should rely only on health and safety professionals with deep experience and credentials. Environmental Profiles is experienced in stewarding products from concept to countertop, helping manufacturers negotiate the maze of legal, environmental, health and regulatory requirements involved.

We utilize the ANSI standards in developing chemical warnings for both labels and MSDSs. These standards meet or exceed OSHA requirements and are considered to be state-of-the-art.

Contact at (410) 744-0700 to learn how Environmental Profiles' product warning expertise can give you peace of mind.

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