OSHA Issues Proposed Update to Hazard Communication Standard

The proposed update to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard was issued on Feb. 5.

OSHA issued a proposed rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) on Feb. 5.

Potential changes to the HCS include adjustments to hazard classification, labels and information and training. The hazard classification aspect would provide specific criteria for classification. Labels would be required to include a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category.

The rule was proposed for the purpose of aligning with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The agency thinks that an update to the HCS would increase worker protections and reduce the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries. Information on labels and Safety Data Sheets for hazardous chemicals would be improved upon.

Any modifications made would address issues that have lingered since the 2012 standard was implemented. The alignment with Canada and other federal agencies would be improved as well.

For more information, visit osha.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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