ROCKVILLE, MD—The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) has revised its Model Hazard Communication Program to simplify compliance with OSHA’s updated standard on hazard communication. Under the revised standard, contractors must comply with a new Globally Harmonized System for hazard communication. This system replaces traditional chemical hazard classification and identification practices.
“MCAA is updating its model program immediately to give members time to learn about and implement the new compliance requirements before the December 1, 2013, deadline,” said Pete Chaney, director of safety and health for MCAA. It’s likely that OSHA will place special emphasis on enforcing compliance with the revised standard.
“The revised Model Hazard Communication Program was designed specifically for mechanical industry contractors,” notes Tom Skaggs, Chairman of MCAA’s Safety and Health Committee and Vice President – Safety for the Murphy Company. “It simplifies the process of complying with the revised OSHA standard, which is a real plus for busy contractors.”
The Model Hazard Communication Program is available for download from MCAA’s Bookstore at www.mcaa.org/store, where contractors can also find a wide variety of safety publications designed specifically for the mechanical construction, service and plumbing industry. There is no charge for MCAA members to download the publication. The cost for non-members is $54.
For additional information about MCAA’s Safety Excellence Initiative or the ways in which the changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard will impact your business, please contact Pete Chaney at 800/556-3653 or [email protected].