Sarah Lindsey, Staff Scientist at Schneider Risk Management
SRM & Associates LLC.
In 2012, OSHA updated its Hazard Communication regulation (29 CFR 1910.1200) to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3. Some deadlines have already come and gone, and there are two deadlines left that you may need to be aware of: Chemical Distributors have until December 1, 2015, to update and ship all products under the new labeling requirements, and Chemical Users / Employers have until June 1, 2016 to finalize labeling and plans.
OSHA has adopted the Global Harmonized System and revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to reflect the changes. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2012. The Effective Date of the final rule is 60 days after the date of publication.
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