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With Hazard Communication Deadline Looming, Grainger Provides Support And Tools To Help Meet Training Requirements

  With Hazard Communication Deadline Looming, Grainger Provides Support And
                   Tools To Help Meet Training Requirements

Millions of Businesses and Workers Required to Comply with new GHS Standard by
December 1, 2013

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2013

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad
line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving
businesses and institutions, is offering support and tools to help customers
meet December 1, 2013 training requirements for the new Globally Harmonized
System (GHS) standard.

As has been reported, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's
(OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is adopting GHS to provide a single
set of criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and
physical hazards, and to bring consistency to the labels and data sheets
designed to communicate those hazards. The modified U.S. standard will create
global alignment among other OSHA standards and federal U.S. agency
regulations. In anticipation of this change, and as an initial step, OSHA
requires all U.S. workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals be trained
on the new label elements and format by December 1, 2013.

"This is a significant change for dealing with hazardous chemicals, and it
will take time for businesses and workers nationwide to adjust accordingly,"
said Nino Granatiero, Vice President of Grainger's safety strategy. "Grainger
is working with customers to help ensure their employees are trained to
understand the changes. We have the tools and resources to assist
organizations in the process toward overall compliance, whether they are in
the final stages of meeting the December 1 deadline or are just beginning to
work toward that goal."

The new standard covers millions of U.S. workers, and OSHA expects the
modification to prevent hundreds of workplace injuries and illnesses, as well
as dozens of fatalities. Once fully implemented, GHS is expected to result in
cost savings to U.S. businesses related to productivity improvements by
requiring fewer label updates and simpler hazard communication training.

Grainger provides GHS Hazard Communication Training that helps customers meet
OSHA's December 1, 2013 training requirement deadline. The company also
offers Grainger MSDS Complete, which provides on-demand access to a suite of
tools to help build and maintain a compliant electronic Material Safety Data
Sheet (MSDS) library with more than 4.5 million data sheets. Visit
www.grainger.com/safetymanager to learn more about these services or to view
GHS-compliant hazardous communication products.

In addition, visit Grainger's GHS landing page, where you can download
Grainger's whitepaper: GHS Hazard Communication Standard, Final Rule.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2012 sales of $9 billion, is North America's leading
broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with
expanding global operations. For more information about the company, visit
www.grainger.com.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Website: http://www.grainger.com
Contact: Katelyn Murren, Media Relations, 847-535-1272