Changes to Standards for Electrical Protective
Equipment and Electrical Power Generation, Distribution and
Transmission: The U.S. Department of Labor
changed the standards concerning electrical hazards and the
Labor Commissioner adopted the changes by
reference. The changes apply to general industry and
construction. August 13, 2014, is the Iowa effective date,
however, some of the changes will not be effective
until April 1, 2015. For more detail about the changes,
Changes to General Industry Standards for
Mechanical Power Presses: Changes to the general
industry standard for mechanical power presses will be effective
in Iowa July 30, 2014. For more information on
the standard changes,
Significant Changes to OSHA Hazard Communication
Standard are Coming: Businesses that use,
transport, and sale hazardous chemicals will be impacted by new
hazard communication requirements. Deadlines for
implementing the changes range from December 1, 2013, to June 1,
Click here for deadline details.
Under the current system, chemical manufacturers may be subject
to a variety of different requirements for transporting,
exporting, importing or selling their products. Different
countries and different agencies have different protocols that
can make compliance difficult. Many stakeholders and
agencies cooperated over a period of several years to develop a
globally harmonized system for chemical hazard communication.
It is anticipated that by harmonizing requirements, the new
system will result in significant savings to businesses.
Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are a primary component of
the OSHA system for hazard communication. The new standard
will utilize a Safety Data Sheet
(SDS) rather than a MSDS. There will be a
standardized format for the SDS to
allow users to find important information more quickly.
For more information about the hazard communication changes,
contact the Iowa OSHA Consultation
and Education Bureau at 515-281-7629.