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Overview of the Proposed Updates to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard - RECORDING IS NOW AVAILABLE
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EDT
Category: Events


The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC)
offered this virtual event on April 13, 2021

The recording is now available - view a brief clip of what you missed!

SCHC Members may access the full recording at no charge via the SCHC members only Discounts page.

Nonmembers may register here to view the recording (fee is US$50).

April 13, 2021 - 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET           Register Now           View Brochure

Handouts are available on the OSHA Website  --  Key changes to the HCS

Please feel free to reinforce comments through the docket:  Docket No. OSHA-2019-0001 -  This is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.


OSHA is proposing through this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) 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 agency has preliminarily determined that the proposed revisions will enhance the effectiveness of the HCS by ensuring employees are appropriately apprised of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed, thus reducing the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries.  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.


  • Welcome and introduction to speakers
Beth Dederick, Ph.D., SCHC Vice President & SCHC Alliance Committee Chair
  • Overview of HCS NPRM by OSHA speakers
  • Q&A – please submit your questions at the time of registration.

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Janet Carter, Senior Health Scientist - U.S. DOL / OSHA
Deana Holmes, Health Scientist - U.S. DOL / OSHA
Jennifer Lawless, Sr Industrial Hygienist - U.S. DOL / OSHA
Maureen Ruskin, Acting Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance - U.S. DOL / OSHA

No refunds after midnight April 11, 2021.