OSHA proposes global system for hazard communication standard

By: October 6th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

The idea has been kicked around for years, and now it looks like it is finally going to happen. OSHA has proposed aligning the hazard communication standard with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The proposed rule and request for comments appeared in the September 30 Federal Register.

GHS modifications to the hazard communication standard, OSHA believes, “will improve the quality and consistency of information provided to employers and employees regarding chemical hazards and associated protective measures.”

The modification would include:

  • Revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards
  • Revised labeling provisions that include requirements for use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements
  • A specified format for safety data sheets
  • Revised definitions of terms used in the standard relating to requirements for employee training on labels and safety data sheets.

OSHA is also proposing to modify provisions of a number of other standards, including standards for flammable and combustible liquids, process safety management, and most substance-specific health standards, to ensure consistency with the modified hazard communication standard requirements.

The agency will accept comments on the proposed rule making until December 29, 2009. There will also be a series of public hearings before publishing of the final rule.

For more information on GHS see A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

Comments

By Ludmilla Plenty on November 7th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hello,
I run a healthcare staffing firm. Currently, I train our temporary workforce on bloodborne pathogens and supply them with materials on Hazard Communication Standard. The information provided for Hazard Communication Standard is a generic packet since our temporary workforce work in different types of environments when sent on job assignments. I recently learned about Globally Harmonized System that needs to be incorporated into Hazard Communication Standard packets. Any suggestions on how this can be accomplished for a healthcare staffing company?

 

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