Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Now Accepting Stakeholder Comments

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Health Canada are seeking stakeholders comments on the draft 2016-2017 Regulatory Cooperation Council Work Plan for Workplace Chemicals using the International/Globally Harmonized System (GHS) docket (OSHA-2016-0005).
All comments should be submitted by March 31, 2016.

Regulatory Cooperation Council March 2016 Stakeholder Webinar

OSHA and Health Canada are continuing their collaborative work to align workplace hazard communication regulations in Canada and the United States. The Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) held initial discussions in the United States in November 2015 and in Canada in December 2015. To further these discussions, Health Canada and OSHA representatives will be hosting a webinar on March 3, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (EST) to discuss the draft RCC 2016-17 Work Plan for Workplace Chemicals. The goal is to produce a work plan ready for final release at the end of June 2016.  U.S. OSHA has created a docket [OSHA-2016-0005], titled International/Globally Harmonized System (GHS), to capture both U.S. and Canadian stakeholder comments on the work plan and future similar discussion items.

The webinar will present the updated work plan and request input from interested stakeholders. To find out more about the work plan and how to attend the webinar, please use the following information and instructions:

This document is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

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