It’s estimated that more than 5 million facilities in North America alone handle chemical materials. In the United States, OSHA reports that more than 40 million American workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace each year.
OSHA and its counterparts in nations around the world – such as Health Canada (WHMIS), EU-OSHA and the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, Japan (JNIOSH) – were established to ensure the safety of workers by setting and enforcing standards, providing training, outreach and education and encouraging continual process improvement in environmental health and safety compliance.
These standards, while noble in intent, have created compliance burdens for businesses (large and small) through ambiguous environmental health and safety regulations, stiff enforcement and time-consuming reporting processes that are still largely handled via inefficient and labor-intensive manual paper-based systems.
Today, as concern over the environment heightens, the cost of non-compliance is not just limited to penalties and fines. Failure to comply with various EH&S regulations or practicing good environmental stewardship can lead to: increased workplace incidents, increased employee days away from work, higher workers’ compensation claims, operational slowdowns or shutdowns, potential legal and litigation expenses, as well as a negative impact on a company’s overall image.
MSDSonline has responded by developing revolutionary, on-demand (cloud-computing), EH&S compliance management solutions. These solutions were created to help safety professionals better understand and manage risks, simplify compliance, promote a safer work environment and implement sustainability practices throughout their organization. Modular in design, the MSDSonline Web-based platform integrates a robust suite of MSDS management, chemical inventory management, environmental and regulatory reporting, workplace injury and illness recordkeeping and safety training capabilities into one affordable and easy-to-use system, now accessible to all businesses.
MSDS Management & Compliance — MSDSonline pioneered online MSDS access, management and employee
Right-to-Know compliance solutions more than a decade ago. MSDSonline combines access to the industry-leading database of
manufacturer-original safety data sheets with easy-to-use inventory management and MSDS deployment tools. This enables more
cost-effective compliance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS: 29 CFR 1910), Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials
Information System (WHMIS) requirements, as well as the more recently adopted elements of the Globally Harmonized System of the
Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
Chemical Inventory Management — MSDSonline understands that properly maintaining regulated materials
in your inventory starts with a clear understanding of exactly what chemicals are on site, where they are used and stored, the
precise quantities of each, and that each chemical has an accurate and up-to-date material safety data sheet. To do this, MSDSonline has built powerful
container-level chemical management, tracking and compliance reporting tools to help you maintain a complete and accurate picture of
the chemical hazards in your work environment. Advanced chemical approval and notification workflow enables you to control what
chemicals are accepted, before they arrive, allowing you to better manage hazardous chemicals or stop banned chemicals from being
introduced into your workplace.
Environmental & Regulatory Reporting — MSDSonline has developed a sophisticated regulatory
cross-referencing engine that automatically identifies products and ingredients that are regulated on various state, federal
and international hazardous substance lists. Used in conjunction with the MSDSonline chemical inventory management tools,
you have a powerful, all-encompassing system that enables you to better understand the material composition of the products
you use, simplify environmental and regulatory compliance reporting requirements, and move toward using sustainable and
renewable raw materials.
Injury & Illness Recordkeeping — MSDSonline has built a comprehensive Incident Management
application designed to centralize the recording, tracking and reporting of workplace injuries, illnesses, exposures and
other incidents in order to streamline compliance with OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard (29 CFR 1904). This easy-to-use Web-based
system lets you consolidate all of your workplace incident information into one convenient application. Here, you can run
analytics to better identify workplace hazards, understand root causes and implement corrective actions in order to build a
culture of zero-incidents within your work environment.
Workpalce Training — Compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements, coupled with an
effective training program can help companies reduce costs, injuries and illnesses. Our on-demand environmental health and
safety training solutions offer access to dozens of EH&S-related courses with affordable pricing and flexible deployment options — all designed to keep your
employees safe, productive and on the job.
EH&S Regulatory Assistance — Environmental health and safety compliance and training are ever-changing and complex,
especially when companies must adhere to state-specific and federal regulations. MSDSonline introduced on-demand regulatory
environmental compliance tool kits to provide safety professionals with one comprehensive place to access hundreds of downloadable and customizable
training and assessment resources, including: inspection checklists, federal and state compliance analyses, best practices,
regulatory developments, daily news feeds and more.