OSHA Extends Comment Period

OSHA Extends Comment Period

Hazard Communication Standards comment period is extended to May 19, 2021.

OSHA has extended its comment period for the proposed rule to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to May 19, 2021, according to a press release.

OSHA published a Federal Register Notice to extend the submission of public comments by 30 days to allow stakeholders interested in the proposition the time needed to collect information and data necessary for comment. OSHA expects the HCS update will increase worker safety and protection, reduce chemical-related incidence, occupational illnesses and injuries by improving information on Safety Data Sheets and labels for hazardous chemicals.

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 alignment with Canada and other federal agencies would be improved, as well.

You can submit comments identified by Docket No.OSHA-2019-0001 here.

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