Distributor (OSHA)

Definition - What does Distributor (OSHA) mean?

A distributor refers to a business, other than a chemical manufacturer or importer, which supplies hazardous chemicals to other distributors or to manufacturing purchasers. It is the distributor that is responsible for the proper labelling of containers, as well as supplying Safety Data Sheets to other manufacturers and distributors and manufacturing purchasers. It is incumbent upon distributors to train their employees regarding all OSHA requirements and updates.

Safeopedia explains Distributor (OSHA)

Distributors are required to provide containers of hazardous chemicals with labels that detail the product identifier, signal word, hazard statement, pictogram, precautionary statement, as well as the name, address, and phone number of the importer, manufacturer or other responsible party, such as the distributor.

As of June 1, 2015, distributors have also been required to ensure that all chemical hazard containers must be accompanied by a Safety Data Sheet. These must either be shipped with the container of forwarded to the recipient to arrive prior to the shipment arriving.

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