Feds OK New Labels for Hazardous Workplace Chemicals


Federal officials agreed this week to require new easy-to-read labels for  hazardous chemicals  in a move to protect the lives of the 43 million U.S. workers who deal with these substances on the job.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that the new labels could prevent more than 40 deaths and about 500  workplace illnesses  and injuries from exposure to hazardous chemicals every year, according to the  Associated Press . Easy-to-understand labels should help make hazardous chemicals safer to handle on the job for many low-literacy workers.

The new labels also conform to the international guidelines developed by the United Nations and will help chemical companies save more than $475 million annually in paperwork and training costs, says OSHA. Companies will have until 2016 to fully comply with the new labeling rules.

Exposure to  common workplace chemicals  such as benzene, beryllium, and hexavalent chromium can seriously injure or even kill workers.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by  chemical exposure  in the workplace, contact Sokolove law for a free legal consultation.

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