OSHA proposed update to the HCS (USA)

OSHA proposed update to the HCS (USA)

On 5th February 2021, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to update their existing Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) to align with the GHS Revision 7.

The proposed rule aims to:

  • Increase worker protections
  • Reduce the incidence of chemical related illnesses and injuries in the workplace
  • Improve information of labels and SDS for hazardous chemicals
  • Improve alignment with other federal agencies and Canada
  • Improve the circulation of hazard information to workers

OSHA established the HCS in 1983 to provide a standardised approach to workplace hazard communication. The HCS was last updated in 2012 to align with the GHS Revision 3. 

More information is available via ‘US Department of Labor’s OSHA issues proposed rule to update hazard communication standard’.

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