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VelocityEHS Selected to Educate Safety Professionals on OSHA’s Final GHS Deadline at ASSE Safety 2016 Conference

CHICAGO, June 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VelocityEHS, the leading cloud environment, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability software provider, has been selected to deliver presentations on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and critical changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) at ASSE Safety 2016, June 26-29, in Atlanta, Georgia. Two of the industry’s top GHS experts – Glenn Trout, president and CEO of VelocityEHS and Chuck Haling, VelocityEHS VP of Sales – will discuss new and ongoing challenges the GHS transition has created for millions of businesses in the United States.

On June 1, 2016 OSHA’s final compliance deadline for its adoption of GHS passed, ending a four-year transition period that brought about a series of modifications to the way chemical hazards are communicated and shared with employees. Unfortunately, chemical manufacturer and distributor adoption delays and selective OSHA enforcement rules have created confusion throughout the supply chain which has left many companies in noncompliance. At ASSE Safety 2016, the VelocityEHS presentations will provide details on OSHA’s changes to its HazCom standard that occurred as a result of its adoption of GHS, and Trout and Haling will answer questions and outline steps safety managers need to take to remain in compliance, especially as related to chemical labeling.

The sessions include:

  • GHS: OSHA's Final Deadline - Last Call for Employer Compliance (session #512)
    June 27 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. ET
  • GHS Labeling – Everything You Need to Know in 15 Minutes (session #FS12)
    June 27, 2:15-2:30 p.m. ET
    Exhibit Floor, Hall B4, Booth #2961

“Even though we’ve passed the final GHS deadline, we’re finding that many companies still have questions and concerns around the transition, especially since we’re only seeing that about 75% of safety data sheets – a critical component of the GHS transition – have been updated in the marketplace,” said Glenn Trout, president and CEO of VelocityEHS. “The deadline for chemical manufacturers to update their safety data sheets was June 2015, meaning a lot of employers have been left hanging as they work to complete their transition activities. We’ve worked hard to educate and support our customers, and the industry at large, through the GHS transition process by hosting dozens of free webinars and speaking at regional and national safety events around the country. And, we are committed to providing continued guidance in this ever-changing regulatory environment.”

VelocityEHS, through its MSDSonline chemical management solutions, helps companies more efficiently manage their chemical inventories and better communicate the hazards associated with those chemicals to their employees. Available through the cloud, the award-winning MSDSonline HQ/HQ RegXR products provide safety managers with easy online access to the industry-leading database of SDS content to ensure they have an up-to-date and compliant library of SDSs. A suite of chemical management and reporting tools streamlines compliance reporting requirements, while an easy-to-use web-interface for employees ensures right-to-know access to chemical safety and proper labeling information.

VelocityEHS recently released two mobile apps for its MSDSonline products – both available through the App Store and Google Play™ – to make chemical safety easier for its customers. Its Chemical Inventory Scanner App enables users to quickly and easily leverage bar-code technology to conduct in-the-field, container-level chemical inventory audits. While its newly released eBinder app gives employees access to chemical safety data sheets information in the palm of their hands through any mobile device whether working on or offline.

“We’re changing the way companies manage workplace safety and meet their compliance requirements,” added Chuck Haling, VelocityEHS VP of Sales. “By giving employees anytime, anywhere access to critical chemical information, we’re helping our customers create a workplace culture where safety truly comes first.”

The ASSE Safety 2016 Conference & Exposition takes place June 26-29, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center. VelocityEHS representatives will be available at booth #1853 to provide additional information about the company’s full suite of EHS management software and its MSDSonline chemical management solutions.

Additional information about the company’s products and services is available on its web sites www.EHS.com and www.MSDSonline.com.

Safety professionals who are unable to attend Safety 2016 but are interested in learning more about their HazCom and GHS responsibilities are encouraged to visit www.MSDSonline.com/resources to view its library of on-demand webinars, whitepapers and other resources.

To learn more about ASSE Safety 2016, visit http://safety.asse.org.

About VelocityEHS
In 2015, MSDSonline and KMI, two EHS industry leaders, joined forces to form VelocityEHS, which aims to make enterprise-level EHS functionality accessible and affordable to businesses of all sizes. More than 12,000 customers worldwide, from virtually every industry, trust VelocityEHS and its solutions to improve EHS performance. The company offers a comprehensive, cloud-based EHS management software platform that helps businesses solve complex EHS challenges in simple ways. Its quick implementations, affordable solutions and unparalleled customer support, make it possible for customers to reach their EHS goals faster. VelocityEHS is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with locations in Canada, the UK and Australia. For more information, visit www.EHS.com. VelocityEHS is an Actua (Nasdaq:ACTA) company.

Media Contacts VelocityEHS Betsy Utley-Marin 312.881.2307 butleymarin@ehs.com Actua Corporation Karen Greene 610.727.6900 karen@actua.com

Source: VelocityEHS