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OMG! OSHA gives GHS to OMB

That’s a lot of acronyms in the headline to simply say that the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals by the Hazard Communication standard may be just around the corner.

OSHA submitted the rulemaking to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 25, 2011, according to MSDSOnline [1]. The OMB has up to 90 day to approve request.

Adoption of the GHS by OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard has been on OSHA’s agenda more than six years. It would bring sections of the standard on material safety data sheets and the labeling of hazardous substances in line with regulations used world-wide.

While adoption may be imminent, implementation and enforcement may dawdle a bit. It is expected that employers will be given adequate time—months, maybe a year or more—to integrate GHS changes into their hazard communication plan and employee training.

How the GHS adoption specifically affects healthcare facilitates was addressed in the HCPro audioconference below.

Take the guesswork out of complying with the newly modified OSHA Hazard Communication standard and PPE requirements in your healthcare facility

Changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication standard through adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals, and the new Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in General Industry are two of the most significant changes from OSHA this year. Now, available on demand is HCPro’s HazCom/GHS and PPE Enforcement: Understanding the New Requirements for OSHA Compliance in Healthcare, [2] a 90-minute audio program where healthcare industry experts will tell you how these changes affect your workplace, provide a timeline for implementation, and offer tools to help you train your staff.