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Expert Led Webinar - Preparing for OSHA's Globally Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard
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Preparing for OSHA's Globally Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard

Preparing for OSHA's Globally Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard

April 24, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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Cost: FREE for Members, $49 for Non-Members

Hazard communication in the United States is about to change in a big way when OSHA embraces the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This new rule means that almost every chemical label and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) will need to be updated, along with the training provided to workers. It’s going to be a big job, so what do you need to know?

In this webinar, our experts will cover:

  • How GHS works
  • Present and future challenges of GHS
  • How GHS is being implemented around the world
  • Changes to MSDS and labels under GHS
  • Timetable for implementation of changes


  • Mark Duvall, Principal; Beveridge & Diamond P.C.
  • Joseph J. Fater, CIH, Technical Director of Industrial Hygiene; Bureau Veritas North America Inc.

Speaker biographies:

Mark Duvall

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Mark N. Duvall is a principal with Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, DC. He heads the law firm’s chemicals practice, as well as its FDA and OSHA practices. He represents trade associations and companies in all aspects of TSCA, including defense of enforcement actions, rulemaking comments, compliance counseling, and product strategy, as well as lobbying and strategy concerning TSCA legislation. He manages the firm’s TSCA Dialogue Group, an informal discussion forum on legislative and administrative aspects of TSCA. He also counsels companies on foreign counterparts to TSCA, such as REACH and CEPA; international developments related to chemicals, such as the Globally Harmonized System and its implementation in various countries; and state chemicals management laws and green chemistry initiatives.

Joseph J. Fater, CIH

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Joseph J. Fater has more than 40 years of experience in industrial hygiene consulting. He specializes in industrial hygiene consulting and health, safety and environmental (HSE) auditing, with emphasis on industrial operations. As Technical Director of Industrial Hygiene, Mr. Fater prepares compliance programs and training courses, and conducts audits and field investigations for a wide range of projects. He also provides litigation support services and represents clients during contested Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations. He is an active member of AIHA and a former president of both the Western New York and Chicago local sections.


“Understanding OSHA’s Globally Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard”
An interview with Mark Duvall, Principal; Beveridge & Diamond P.C. - April 8, 2012

On March 26, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its updated Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The new rule, which applies to all hazardous chemicals, has been harmonized the Global Harmonization System (GHS) and will affect all companies that make, transport or use hazardous materials. Mark Duvall, Principal at Beveridge & Diamond P.C., has been following the HCS since it was a proposal in the early 1980s. We caught up with him this week to learn more about the updated rule and to understand its potential impact.

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