Regulatory Compliance: The Governing Bodies Explained
You might know that DOT stands for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and you might even know that CGA stands for the Compressed Gas Association. But there are other regulatory compliant terms and governing agencies that you should know, and Label Solutions is here to help. In today’s blog, we explain more about the regulatory compliance governing bodies and how they might apply to your business.
What Is OSHA?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a governmental agency that imposes standards to assure safe working conditions for men and women. OSHA hires inspectors who enforce the GHS guidelines and administer fines to businesses who fail to comply (by improperly labeling cylinders).
Label Solutions wants to help you avoid OSHA (& DOT) fines relating to your cylinder labels. If you’d like more information, you can get in touch with our on-site regulatory specialist who will assist you with any questions or concerns.
What Is GHS?
GHS stands for the Global Harmonization System. It’s a United Nations standard that classifies and defines the hazards of chemical products, such as compressed gas. GHS has a system that communicates safety information on labels and the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
How Does GHS Apply to Me?
It’s essential for everyone in your facility to be trained on the new Globally Harmonization System and understand it. You’ve probably seen the words WARNING and DANGER in all caps on chemicals. These are called signal words, which GHS uses to indicate how severe the hazards are for products. WARNINGS mean that there is a lower hazard level, while DANGER demonstrates high risk.
Pictograms are symbols that convey specific information, and hazard statements describe the nature and degree of the hazard. It’s crucial for your workers to recognize these signal words, hazard statements and pictograms within GHS, so they can take the proper precautions to protect their health and safety.
What Does the NPGA Stand for?
The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association that represents the United States propane industry. Label Solutions partners with FEI, RMI, and Meeder Equipment to deliver fully compliant propane labels and signage.
What Does the NFPA Stand for?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a U.S. trade association that creates private, copyrighted codes and standards for local governments to use. If you’re looking for fire extinguisher tags and labels, Label Solutions is your destination. We will work with you to supply fully compliant fire extinguisher labels.
What Does the NACD Stand for?
The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) is an international group of chemical distributors and supply chain partners. Member companies formulate, transport, and market chemical products for many customers. One of our top priorities is helping you stay compliant with regulatory requirements in the chemical distribution industry.
In-House Services at Label Solutions
Label Solutions is committed to helping our clients stay in compliance with all of these governing bodies. To learn more about our in-house regulatory compliance advisory services, contact us today.