Ohio company fined for GHS labeling infraction

Globus Printing and Packaging Co. Inc. has received a $91,800 fine from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 24 safety and health violations found by the federal agency. Globus Printing, based in Minster, Ohio, has over 140 workers currently employed. 

"Workers were exposed daily to many dangerous hazards at the Globus Printing & Packaging Co.," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "The company lacks adequate employee training on those hazards." The new OSHA guidelines require all facilities with hazardous materials to complete employee training on the new GHS labeling system by the start of 2014. 

The inspection cited the company for lack of training in hazard communication and safe chemical handling, failure to inform employees of permit-required confined spaces and failing to provide electrical personal protective equipment for employees doing electrical work, in addition to 21 other charges. The company has 15 days to comply or contest the citations.

The charges stem from OSHA's recent adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA has released reports estimating that over five million workplaces and 43 million employees are affected by the change to GHS labeling. 

According to the new guidelines, chemical manufacturers and distributors must ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals is labeled with a product identifier, signal word, hazards, precautionary statement and pictogram. 

Although the training for the GHS system must be completed by all employees by 2014, the updated labels are not required until June 1, 2015. For companies that deal with hazardous chemicals, it is important to explore printing solutions that will meet OSHA's new guidelines in order to ensure worker safety and avoid hefty fines.

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