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Hazard Communication Standard (Draft)
Feb. 16, 2021
OSHA is proposing to modify the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Revision 7 (GHS, Rev. 7), to address issues that arose during the implementation of the 2012 update to the HCS, and provide better alignment with other U.S. agencies and international trading partners, without lowering overall protections of the standard. OSHA has preliminarily determined that the proposed revisions to the HCS will reduce costs and burdens while also improving the quality and consistency of information provided to employers and employees regarding chemical hazards and associated protective measures. The proposed modifications to the standard include revised criteria for classification of certain health and physical hazards, revised provisions for updating labels, new labeling provisions for small containers, technical amendments related to the contents of safety data sheets (SDSs), and related revisions to definitions of terms used in the standard. Comments and other information must be submitted by 19 April 2021. POC is Contact Maureen Ruskin, Acting Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor; tel: (202) 693-1950 or email: ruskin.maureen@dol.gov. (Federal Register: 16 February 2021 [Proposed Rule] Pages 9576-9831)

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