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Posted 2/5/2021

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a proposed rule to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), which is available for public inspection from the Federal Register here.  View the OSHA Trade Release.

OSHA expects the HCS update will increase worker protections, and reduce the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries by further improving the information on the labels and Safety Data Sheets for hazardous chemicals. Proposed modifications will also address issues since implementation of the 2012 standard, and improve alignment with other federal agencies and Canada. 

Individuals may submit comments identified by Docket No. OSHA-2019-0001, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Read the Federal Register notice for details. The deadline to submit comments is April 19, 2021.

View the Hazard Communication Safety and Health Topics page devoted to the proposed rulemaking to update the standard to align with the seventh revision of the GHS - https://www.osha.gov/hazcom/rulemaking.  If you have technical questions, please reach out to Janet Carter in the Directorate of Standards and Guidance.

The OSHA site includes a redline of the regulation. 

Doug Kalinowski

Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs