When is GHS required?

On March 26th, 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially adopted the Globally Harmonized System. This was done in a revision to their existing Hazard Communication Standard, which had been in place for some time. By updating their system to match GHS, OSHA helped to ensure that chemicals are more universally labeled and … Read more

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What is GHS training?

Whether your company has been using the GHS standards for years, or you are just starting to implement it in your facility, proper training is critical. If your employees, contractors, and other key people aren’t properly trained in GHS, it will dramatically reduce its effectiveness, which can cause a lot of safety problems. All good … Read more

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Does OSHA follow GHS?

Originally, the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS, was not a part of OSHA at all. In fact, OSHA had its own set of standards governing how to label hazardous chemicals to improve safety. As of 2012, however, OSHA aligned their HazCom standards with the globally popular GHS system. This has gone a long way in … Read more

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What is GHS compliance?

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS, is a popular set of standards that is used to classify chemicals and their associated hazards. It is used by companies around the world, and even mandated by many regulatory agencies like OSHA. Remaining in compliance with the standards put forth by GHS … Read more

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How do I Process Map?

Process mapping is seen as the essential first step to any process improvement effort and is a powerful tool in for any Lean organization. It will give managers a better understanding of processes and serve as a comprehensive overview of the current state of processes. Process mapping refers to the practice of communicating the process … Read more

What are the 5 Whys?

When problems pop up in the workplace, it can be tempting to fix it quickly. However, not finding and addressing the root cause of the issue can lead to recurring mistakes and future problems. An easy way to complete a root cause analysis and uncover deeper issues is with the Five Whys. Sakichi Toyoda is … Read more

What is Heijunka?

A critical element to the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing is Heijunka, a Japanese concept translating to mean “production leveling.” The goal of Heijunka is to smooth out production to a constant and predictable rate, reducing Mura (unevenness) which will in turn reduce Muda (waste). Heijunka is a technique that allows you to best … Read more