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Updated OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM)

Updated OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM)


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is adapting their Hazard Communication Standard in order to comply with international criteria for chemical container labeling and material safety data sheets (MSDS). HAZCOM already requires that employers inform their employees of hazardous chemicals in the work place, so these changes only affect how to go about informing employees about these hazardous chemicals.

The updates are as follows:

  • The “Material Safety Data Sheet” designation will be changed to “Safety Data Sheet” (SDS);
  • The format will contain 16 numbered sections containing chemical information including first aid measures;
  • Chemical container labels will include international pictograms and a new format.

Labels must be formatted in accordance to new guidelines by December, 1, 2015. However, employees must be trained about these new labels and their formats by December 1, 2013.

  • Employees at c-stores, lube oil warehouses, bottled propane facilities, automobile quick lubes, car wash operations, and vehicle repair and maintenance shops will likely require training, while administrative employees that work in an office setting will not be required to be trained.
  • CDL drivers are only subject to HAZCOM compliance during loading and unloading operations at the work site. Once drivers leave the site, US DOT regulations apply only. Drivers should check with their HAZMAT training provider to see if their training required by US DOT regulations satisfies OSHA requirements, in which case the driver does not need to be trained.
  • Lack of training may lead to OSHA penalties.

Contact our Safety Manager Tim Kostel  or our Training Director Andy Tait with any questions you may have. Employers should check with their state OSHA programs for additional requirements as some states have more stringent criteria. State OSHA offices can be contacted here. For more information, visit the federal OSHA site. Also, feel free to take the time to look into TAIT’s safety training programs as well. We look forward to working with you.


Funding Still Available – HazMat Grant Application Extended to Nov. 15, 2013

Funding Still Available – HazMat Grant Application Extended to Nov. 15, 2013

Considerable funding remains to be awarded

TAIT Environmental Services has extensive experience in the preparation of Hazardous Materials Area Plans (Area Plans) to meet the needs of individual CUPAs to respond to and minimize the impacts from a release or threatened release of hazardous materials in their jurisdictions.

Area Plans must be updated every 3 years in accordance with the CA Code of Regulations. Let TAIT help you with Compliance! TAIT also has experience in the preparation of Hazardous Materials Commodities Flow Studies (Commodities Study). If you’re considering completing an eligible project and you’re looking for funding – please don’t miss this opportunity! The grant deadline is November 15, so the sooner we can help you get your applications submitted,  the better.

Circlular Chart for HMEP grants

2013-14 HMEP Planning Sub-Grant – Extended Deadline –
November 15, 2013

If anyone is need a planning grant, there’s still time.


This link 2013-14 Planning Sub-Grant Application Announcement_Extended is the Cal OES 2013-14 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Planning Sub-Grant Application Announcement.

The guidance documents and all necessary forms are posted to the Cal OES web page

http://www.caloes.ca.gov/HazardousMaterials/Pages/HMEP-Grant.aspx.  Most products have been revised, so please use the most current information located on the Cal OES HMEP Grant web page.

Major points of interest:

  • Purpose of the HMEP Planning Grant:  Planning sub-grants are to be used for the funding of planning activities that enhance State, territory, Native American Indian tribe (tribe), and local preparedness for hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation incidents.
  • Eligible applicants: California’s Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs); state or local agencies; and federally recognized tribal governments that have not applied directly to the U.S. Department of Transportation for funding.
  • LEPC Coordination: Application packages must be coordinated through the LEPC for their approval and prioritization prior to Cal EMA acceptance.
  • Sub-Grant Performance Period: October 15, 2013 approx. December 15, 2013 to September 15, 2014.
  • Cal EMA Filing Deadline: August 15, 2013  November 15, 2013

The Sub-Grant Application Announcement was sent out originally in April, with a deadline in August which has now been extended to November 15th. Take advantage of the funding that is still availableContact Neverley Shoemake if you have any questions about the HMEP Grant cycle, and contact Scott Brehmer at TAIT for assistance ASAP. We are happy to help 🙂


Tait Offers California Area Plans

Tait Environmental Services has extensive experience in the preparation of Hazardous Materials Area Plans (Area Plans) to meet the needs of individual CUPAs to respond to and minimize the impacts from a release or threatened release of hazardous materials  in their jurisdictions.

The November 15, 2012 late application deadline is quickly approaching to apply for grants to pay for an Area Plan in your City/County. Learn about the State of California’s Area Plan for HazMat Emergencies Program. Tait has more experience than just about anyone in California on this. Email Paul McCarter now to discuss preparing your Area Plan, or you can call him at 714-560-8612.

Area Plans consist of emergency response procedures, pre-emergency planning, notification and coordination, training, public safety and information, supplies and equipment, critique and follow up, and more. Area Plans utilize information from other related plans which deal with hazardous materials emergency response at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. They will integrate business plan information, HazMat incident response procedures manuals, public notification procedures and much, much more. A great deal of effort is expended in preparing a plan specific to your local area – both collecting new data about the Hazardous Materials being transported through your area – and pouring over existing procedures and collected data, to create an Area Plan that will allow you to implement it in the event of hazardous materials incident in your jurisdiction. The Area Plan will identify local, state, and federal responsibilities during incidents involving the release or threatened release of hazardous substances.

Area Plans are authorized under California Code of Regulation, Title 19, Division 2, Section 2720-2728.  Read the California Code of Regulations about Area Plans, and let us know if you have any questions. Kern County’s Area Plan is an example of one that Tait created.

Area Plans must be revised and updated on a continuous 3-year cycle. When was the last time your Area Plan was reviewed? Call us today and let’s start the process!

Here is a recommendation letter for Tait’s Area Plans:

Click here to get a list of Area Plan consultants from the CalEMA website












Are you going to the CUPA Conference? February 4-7, 2013, Tait will be on site to meet with the agencies, businesses and communities we serve.  Save the date and come see us at the conference! Contact us and we will schedule meeting time with you in advance.

Join Tait at the 2013 CUPA Conference

Join Tait at the 2013 CUPA Conference this February