OSHA Alliance Program
The Alliance Program was recently renewed between OSHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). Their continued goal is to ensure workers are aware of the chemical hazards they may be exposed to at the workplace, while also reducing the number of chemical-related injuries and illnesses and to increase awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). According to OSHA's website, "More than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous chemical products in American workplaces." Through the Alliance program, OSHA works with groups and employers in the following areas:
  • Increasing employee access to effective chemical protective clothing and other personal safety supplies.
  • Using seminars and other training methods aimed at reducing the amount of workplace hazards, injuries and illnesses
  • Develop and employee training program for future hires.
Some of the groups OSHA works with include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutes. OSHA also says that through the use of Webinars, industry meetings and national safety and health conferences, the Alliance program will share the best practices and procedures for protecting workers from the hazards of chemical exposure. Utilizing this program is a great way to identify which chemical hazards are present in your workplace and which personal safety supplies are right for you.