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Harmonizing Hazard Communication: OSHA Proposes to Implement the Globally Harmonized System

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. - Client Alert, October 16, 2009

The hazard communication standard is the principal federal requirement governing labels and material safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals used in the workplace.  On September 30, 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed rule that would substantially modify the HCS to conform with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals of the United Nations.  OSHA’s proposed modifications to the existing HCS include minor changes in terminology and definitions, revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards, revised labeling provisions, a specified format for safety data sheets, and requirements for employee training on labels and safety data sheets.  Comments on the proposed rule are due by December 29, 2009.  OSHA plans to schedule an informal public hearing on the proposed rule.  This alert reviews the key aspects of the proposal.

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