ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operations of the ACE Group, today released an advisory discussing the challenges facing contractors as they work to understand and comply with OSHA’s revised Hazard Communications (HazCom) Standard. The Standard has been updated to more effectively classify hazardous chemicals and products, and to communicate the associated dangers using standardized label elements and safety data sheets. In accordance with the HazCom Standard, contractors must comply with new training requirements by December 1, 2013.
The co-authors of “Contractors: Complying with OSHA’s New Hazard Communications Standard” are Allen Abrahamsen, Assistant Vice President and Safety Consultant, ESIS, Diana Eichfeld, Assistant Vice President, ACE Environmental Risk, and Frank Westfall, Vice President of ESIS Environmental Consulting. The advisory is part of a larger series of papers that ACE produces, which are designed to provide useful information on current insurance issues faced by businesses.
“ACE is committed to addressing the unique risks inherent in the construction industry through our Construction Industry Practice. Our continued activities to implement underwriting expertise, engineering and claims management through research efforts further extends our ability to assist our customers in managing these complex risks,” said William P. Hazelton, ACE USA Construction Industry Practice.
“The move to the new HazCom Standard brings the United States in line with a system being adopted globally,” remarked Mr. Abrahamsen. “This provides an opportunity for construction companies to enhance their safety, manage chemical and product spills, and strengthen their overall risk management strategy.”“In recent years, the construction industry has been faced with a number of economic challenges. Despite this downturn, contractors need to remain focused and vigilant about complying with any regulatory requirement, including OSHA’s revised HazCom Standard,” said Ms. Eichfeld. “The new training requirements also provide contractors with a prime opportunity to evaluate their overall insurance programs and to make sure they have appropriate insurance coverage for environmental exposures associated with the products they use.”