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MSDSonline Addresses New OSHA HazCom Enforcement Directive and GHS Compliance Deadlines at NSC Congress

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSDSonline, the leading provider of cloud environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions, will host a presentation to review OSHA's alignment to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia next week. MSDSonline president and CEO Glenn Trout and vice president of sales Chuck Haling, two of the industry's top GHS experts, will discuss important information on meeting the GHS compliance deadlines and provide an update on the implementation progress.

In 2012, OSHA modified the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) to align with the GHS, setting into motion a series of phased compliance deadlines for the millions of hazardous chemical manufacturers, distributors and end-users (or employers) covered by the standard. While recent enforcement directives have offered additional clarity on OSHA's interpretation of its revised HazCom under the GHS, many industry professionals still have questions about the changes associated with the model system alignment. In the presentation, titled 2 GHS Deadlines Hit in 2015: Are You Ready?, Trout and Haling will review HazCom and the GHS updates, while providing actionable steps employers can take to best administer the changes in their facilities. The presentation will be held Wednesday, September 30 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET at the Georgia World Congress Center.

"As we enter the final phase of the GHS implementation process, it's imperative that employers immediately address any confusion they might have around the transition to avoid delays and remain compliant," said Trout. "OSHA will not tolerate hesitation, and anyone who has still not begun implementing the GHS changes should know they are not only risking being out of compliance, but also jeopardizing the safety of their employees. There is no better time than the present to embrace the GHS and its changes to the HazCom in all facilities across the U.S."

For more than 100 years, the NSC has been the nation's leading safety advocate with a mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. The nonprofit organization works with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to make the world measurably safer by helping to prevent unintentional injuries. The annual NSC Congress & Expo brings together more than 14,000 health and environmental professionals to share ideas, trends and best practices to propel their organizations forward.

"Employers need to be actively accountable for implementing the GHS changes in their facilities; those with questions and concerns over the GHS are not exempt from citations and fines from OSHA," said Haling. "We want safety professionals who attend our presentation to walk away with a more concrete plan and actionable next steps for implementing the GHS changes in their facilities to remain compliant."

NSC Congress & Expo attendees are also encouraged to visit MSDSonline's booth (#2759) to learn about the company's integration with Knowledge Management Innovations (KMI), one of the most respected global EHS and sustainability management information system (EMIS) providers, to create a new kind of EHS software company.

EHS professionals who are unable to attend the NSC Congress & Expo but are interested in learning more about OSHA's adoption of GHS can view on-demand recordings of MSDSonline's popular webinars at www.MSDSonline.com/resources/webinars. For ongoing EHS updates, visit the official company blog at www.MSDSonline.com/blog.

The NSC Congress & Expo will be held September 26 through October 2, 2015. For more information visit www.congress.nsc.org.

About MSDSonline

Founded in 1996 and based in Chicago, MSDSonline started as a pioneer in electronic management of safety data sheets and has since grown into a comprehensive chemical management solution provider, adding products for training, injury and illness tracking, and SDS authoring. In 2014, the company expanded its EHS and sustainability offerings through the acquisition of KMI (www.kminnovations.com), the leading provider of enterprise level EHS and sustainability software solutions. More than 8 million employees use MSDSonline's chemical management, on-demand training and authoring solutions to help perform their jobs safely. Additional information is available online at www.MSDSonline.com and on the official company blog at www.MSDSonline.com/blog. MSDSonline is an Actua (Nasdaq:ACTA) company.

CONTACT: Media Contacts MSDSonline Betsy Utley-Marin 312.881.2307 butleymarin@MSDSonline.com Actua Corporation Karen Greene 610.727.6900 karen@actua.com

Source: MSDSonline