Tuesday, June 28, 2011

OSHA GHS Hazard Communication Final Rule Expected In August 2011

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released their timetable on the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) into the federal hazard communication standards. After a long rulemaking process, which began with an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in September 2006, a Final Rule is expected to be completed in August 2011.

The current OSHA hazard communication standard used in the United States is not consistent internationally and can cause complications when dealing with international trade. Adoption of the GHS into federal requirements will allow US manufacturers, employers and employees to use a hazard communication system that is more recognizable worldwide. Several countries, including the European Union, have already adopted the GHS, with varying implementation schedules.

[Read a Regulatory Briefing on the proposed GHS standard]

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