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October 28, 2015

Understanding and Complying with HCS 2012 Interactive Webcast and Workshop

The ACTA Group

November 9, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
In-person and via Webcast

Although the June 1, 2015, implementation date for hazard classification, label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) development, and packaging has passed, industry still struggles to comply with the new requirements. Many chemical manufacturers do not understand how to reclassify their hazardous chemicals, develop the appropriate labels and SDSs, or demonstrate “due diligence” to inspectors. Significant confusion remains as to how a firm may be classified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — manufacturer, formulator, distributor, or retailer — and what the requirements are for each under HCS 2012.

The Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology (CPDA) will present a live webcast and workshop to provide explanations and answers on these issues in an interactive format between the presenters and live and virtual audience participants. The event will be co-moderated by CPDA and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®).

Presentations and presenters:

  • Hazard Classification: Elaine Freeman, MS, DABT, formerly with Celanese Corporation, is an expert with experience in classifying chemicals (including mixtures and custom blends) in accordance with the new standard and will explain what needs to be done to classify/reclassify hazardous chemicals correctly and what options are available for having your hazardous chemicals classified.
  • The New Label and SDS: B&C Senior Regulatory Consultant Karin F. Baron, M.S.P.H., formerly with International Specialty Products (Ashland), is an expert in development of labels and SDSs and will explain specific label and SDS requirements under HCS 2012, and “gray” areas that may arise for products not so easily classified.
  • Firm Classification: Dionne Williams, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, OSHA, will explain which HCS 2012 hazard classification and labeling requirements apply to chemical manufacturers, formulators, distributors, and retailers.
  • Compliance and Inspection: Adam Hamrick, OSHA Philadelphia Regional Office, will explain what inspectors look for during an inspection and provide examples of acceptable “due diligence” under HCS 2012.

All participants will be afforded ample opportunity to ask the speakers “real world” questions during each presentation and after the presentations in a panel format. In-person attendees will have 30 additional minutes after the webcast’s conclusion to interact with the presenters.

Register to attend “Understanding and Complying with HCS 2012,” in-person or via webcast, at the CPDA website. CPDA membership is not required. Cost for webcast participation is $100, and $200 for on-site participation.