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Aligns with the UN's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

Hazard
Communication

The standard that gave workers the right to know, now gives them the right to understand.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels

Dr. David Michaels discusses the publication of the Final Rule for Hazard Communication
[Video | Statement]

"Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive."

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard.

Highlights


Hazard Communication Standard

In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:

  • Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers;
  • All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.

Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard

  • Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
  • Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Globally Harmonized System?

Why did OSHA decide to modify the Hazard Communication Standard to adopt the GHS?

What is the phase-in period in the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

Why must training be conducted prior to the compliance effective date?

What are the major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard?

What Hazard Communication Standard provisions are unchanged in the revised HCS?

How will chemical hazard evaluation change under the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

How will labels change under the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

What pictograms are required in the revised Hazard Communication Standard? What hazard does each identify?

Can I use a black border on pictograms for domestic shipment?

Will OSHA allow blank red borders?

When must label information be updated?

How will workplace labeling provisions be changing under the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

How is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) changing under the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

Will TLVs be required on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?

May the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) lists be used to make carcinogen classifications?

Will the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) classifications be required on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?

How has OSHA addressed hazards covered under the current Hazard Communication Standard that have not been addressed by the GHS?

How has OSHA addressed pyrophoric gases, simple asphyxiants, and combustible dust?

How many businesses and workers would be affected by the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

What are the estimated overall costs for industry to comply with the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

What are the estimated benefits attributable to the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

I understand that the United Nations revises the GHS every two years. How will OSHA manage and communicate changes to the Hazard Communication Standard?

OSHA's Complete Set of Question and Answers

Regulatory Cooperation Council

On June 19, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of the Department of Health of Canada (HECS). Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA signed the partnership agreement with Suzy McDonald, Director General, Workplace Hazardous Materials Directorate, HECS. The MOU allows OSHA and HECS to collaborate on implementing the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in their respective jurisdictions, and continue to coordinate efforts in any future developments of the GHS.

Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA explained that "through GHS and now this MOU, OSHA and Health-Canada have forged a relationship to jointly provide concise information to protect those exposed to hazardous chemicals." Under the agreement, OSHA and HECS will establish a working group to reduce systematic barriers between the U.S. and Canadian systems responsible for occupational safety and health of workplace chemicals, and collaborate to reach common positions for the United Nations' Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS about proposed updates to the system, among other goals.

Updates on Regulatory Cooperation Council activities will be provided regularly to interested parties.


United Nations Economic Commission for Europe GHS Sub-committee

Provisional agenda for the twenty-sixth session

Joint Public Meeting:Preparations for the 44th Session of the United Nations Transport of Dangerous Goods Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) and 26th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

DATE: Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 9:00 am - 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESS: The meeting will be held at the DOT Headquarters, West Building, Conference Room 7, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590.

REGISTRATION: It is requested that attendees pre-register for this meeting by completing the form at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/international. Attendees may pre-register for the morning PHMSA session, the afternoon OSHA session, or both sessions of the meeting. Failure to pre-register may delay your access to the building. Participants attending in person are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for security checks necessary to obtain access to the building.

Conference call-in and "live meeting" capability will be provided for this meeting. Specific information on call-in and live meeting access will be posted when available at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/international and at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vincent Babich or Kevin Leary, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, International Standards, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-8553.  You may also contact Maureen Ruskin, Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Washington DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1950. 

Copies of this Federal Register notice can be obtained as follows: Electronic copies are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This Federal Register notice, as well as other relevant information, is available also on the OSHA Webpage at http://www.osha.gov.

Conference Call Capability:
Conference call-in number is: (888)-675-2535
Participant Access Code: 3614708

Live Meeting Attendee:
https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/phmsa/join?id=SG4KDM&role=attend&pw=T%3Ap4%3D%5DF%3FP


PHMSA Meeting:

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Address:The meeting will be held at the DOT Headquarters, West Building, Conference Rooms 8-10, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590. See registration details above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Shane Kelley, Assistant International Standards Coordinator, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590; (202) 366-0656.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:The primary purpose of this meeting will be to prepare for the 44th session of the UNSCOE TDG. The 44th session of the UNSCOE TDG is the second of four meetings scheduled for the 2013-2014 biennium. The UNSCOE will consider proposals for the 19th Revised Edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations which will be implemented within relevant domestic, regional, and international regulations from January 1, 2017. Copies of working documents, informal documents, and the meeting agenda may be obtained from the United Nations Transport Division's web site at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc3/c3age.html.

AGENDA TOPICS: General topics on the agenda for the UNSCOE TDG meeting include:

  • Listing, classification and packing
  • Electric storage systems
  • Transport of gases
  • Miscellaneous proposals of amendments to the Model Regulations
  • Electronic data interchange for documentation purposes
  • Cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Global harmonization of transport of dangerous goods regulations
  • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Following the 44th session of the UNSCOE TDG, a copy of the Sub-Committee’s report will be available at the United Nations Transport Division’s web site at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc3/c3rep.html. PHMSA's site at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/international provides additional information regarding the UNSCOE TDG and related matters.


OSHA Meeting:

Date:Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Address:The meeting will be held at the DOT Headquarters, West Building, Conference Room 7, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590. See registration details above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Maureen Ruskin, Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210; (202) 693-1950.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OSHA is hosting an open informal public meeting of the U.S. Interagency GHS Coordinating Group to provide interested groups and individuals with an update on GHS-related issues and an opportunity to express their views orally and in writing for consideration in developing U.S. Government positions for the upcoming UNSCEGHS meeting. Interested stakeholders may also provide input on issues related to OSHA's activities in the U.S. — Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) at the meeting. The public is invited to attend and is requested to pre-register for the meeting by following the instructions provided in the REGISTRATION section of this notice.

AGENDA TOPICS: General topics on the agenda include:

  • Review of Working papers
  • Working Group updates
  • Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Update

Information on the work of the UNSCEGHS including meeting agendas, reports, and documents from previous sessions, can be found on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Transport Division website located at the following web address: http://www.unece.org/trans/welcome.html. The UNSCEGHS bases its decisions on Working Papers. The Working Papers for the 26th session of the UNSCEGHS are located at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c42013.html.

Informal Papers submitted to the UNSCEGHS provide information for the subcommittee and are used either as a mechanism to provide information to the subcommittee or as the basis for future Working Papers. Informal Papers for the 26th session of the UNSCEGHS are located at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc4/c4inf26.html.

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) [Third revised edition | Fourth revised edition]


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