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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.


Illinois Tier II Reporting

Facilities covered by The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) must submit emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms known as Tier II forms each year.

Tier II reports are forms that the EPA requires organizations and businesses with hazardous chemicals above certain quantities to fill out. Known officially as Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms, Tier II Reports are submitted annually to local fire departments, Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) and State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) to help those agencies plan for and respond to chemical emergencies.

Section 312 of EPCRA applies to the owner or operator of any facility that is required to prepare or have available a material safety data sheet for a hazardous chemical under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.


Facilities that have hazardous chemicals on hand in quantities equal to or greater than set threshold levels must submit Tier II forms between January 1 and March 1 for the previous calendar year.

Facilities must submit Tier II forms to three entities in Illinois; one electronic report and two hard-copy reports. The electronic copy must be submitted to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The hard copies are submitted to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the Jurisdictional (Local) Fire Department. Tier II facilities must attach an up-to-date electronic Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to their report. A site plan map must also be attached to the report. A site plan is a one-page diagram of where the Tier II chemicals are stored within the facility’s site/location.

The online Tier II submission site for Illinois can be found here. To contact the Illinois Tier II Administration directly, reach out to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency at  (217) 782-8719, mail to:Tier 2 Reporting, 1035 Outer Park Drive, Springfield, IL 62704 or email ema.tier2mgr@illinois.gov

Currently, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) continues to work with LEPCs and fire departments regarding Tier II Manager accessibility. They are also striving to provide up-to-date and complete electronic chemical emergency planning and response information to LEPCs and fire departments.

This is an example of an online tier II report from DeKalb county in Illinois

To see more examples of the online submission process of a Tier II report in DeKalb county click the above photo or here.

Tait Environmental Services is dedicated to assisting those companies with hazardous materials and submitting their Tier II reports. TES has a longstanding history of working with large fortune-100 companies as well as smaller family owned businesses in providing environmental compliance consulting.