The Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) standard under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) covers any hazardous chemicals present in the workplace that are used in such a manner that employees may be exposed under normal conditions of use or in a foreseeable emergency. In an effort to provide a more unified, global system of labeling hazardous materials OSHA has revised its hazardous communication standards. This has been the first major revision to the Hazardous Communications Standard in over 30 years adopting the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling of chemicals. At Con Edison, this impacts both the production of labels on the chemicals themselves as well as the safety data sheets which inform employees of the hazards of those chemicals. These changes align chemical manufacturers around the world. Con Edison’s HAZCOM program exceeds the requirements of the OSHA standard in areas in which the company has determined additional protective measures to be in the best interest of the employees.
Con Edison maintains information about the chemicals purchased by the company in the Chemical Reporting System (CRS). The CRS can be used by company employees to retrieve SDS and summary sheets for display or printing.