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Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents
• Record Type: Hazard Communication
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• Title: Intro to 29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1926, and 1928, Hazard Communication


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1926, and 1928

Hazard Communication

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Labor.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The HCS requires employers to establish hazard communication programs to transmit information on the hazards of chemicals to their employees by means of labels on containers, material safety data sheets, and training programs. Implementation of these hazard communication programs will ensure all employees have the "right-to-know" the hazards and identities of the chemicals they work with, and will reduce the incidence of chemically - related occupational illnesses and injuries.

This modified final rule includes a number of minor changes and technical amendments to further clarify the requirements, and thereby help ensure full compliance and achieve protection for employees. In particular, the rule adds and clarifies certain exemptions from labeling and other requirements; modifies and clarifies aspects of the written hazard communication program and labeling requirements; clarifies and slightly modifies the duties of distributors, manufacturers, and importers to provide material safety data sheets (MSDSs) to employees; and clarifies certain provisions regarding MSDSs.

EFFECTIVE DATES: The amendments in this document will be effective on March 11, 1994.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James F. Foster, Office of Information and Consumer Affairs, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., room N3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 219-8151.

To aid in efforts to comply with the HCS, a single copy of the following documents may be obtained without charge from OSHA's Publications Office, room N3101 at the above address, (202) 219-4667: the Hazard Communication Standard (a Federal Register reprint of today's publication); OSHA 3084, Chemical Hazard Communication, a booklet describing the requirements of the rule; OSHA 3117, Informacion Sobre Los Riesgos De Los Productos Quimicos, a Spanish translation of OSHA 3084; OSHA 3111, Hazard Communication Guidelines for Compliance, a booklet which reprints Appendix E of the standard to further help employers comply with the rule; and OSHA 3116, Information Sobre Riegos Normas De Cumplimiento, a Spanish translation of OSHA 3111.

OSHA 3104, Hazard Communication - A Compliance Kit (a step-by-step guide to compliance with the standard) is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, (202) 783-3238; GPO Order No. 929-022-00000-9; $18 - domestic; $22.50 - foreign.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: References to the rulemaking record are made in the text of this preamble. The Hazard Communication Standard docket, No. H-022, contains eight sub-dockets-H-022A, H-022B, H-022C, H-022D, H-022E, H-022F, H-022G, and H-022H. All of these docket files are part of the rulemaking record. However, in this document, no specific references are made to either Docket H-022C or H-022E (these files deal exclusively with the issue of trade secrets), or H-022F, H-022G, and H-022H. The following abbreviations have been used for citations to the other record files:

H-022, Ex.: Exhibit numbers in Docket H-022, which includes H-022A and H-022B, for exhibits collected for the original 1983 HCS for manufacturing.

Ex.: Exhibit numbers in H-022D for exhibits collected since the 1985 Court remand related to the expansion of the scope of industries covered. This docket includes the comments received in response to the August 8, 1988 proposal.

Tr.: Public hearing transcript page numbers. The hearing transcript pages from the December 1988 hearing are not numbered consecutively, i.e., each day begins again with page 1. Transcript references will thus include a reference to the day, and the page number for that day's testimony. The days are numbered as follows: December 6 is Day 1; December 7 is Day 2; December 8 is Day 3; December 9 is Day 4; December 12 is Day 5; December 13 is Day 6; and December 14 is Day 7. As an example, a reference to testimony which appears on page 65 of the transcript for December 8 will be indicated as "Tr. 3-65." Transcript references to hearings held between June 15 and July 31, 1982, are consecutively numbered, and will not have a prefix number identifying the day.

[59 FR 6126, Feb. 9, 1994]

Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents

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