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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC93 Publication ID: Fall 2014 
Title: ●Update to the Hazard Communication Standard  

OSHA and other U.S. agencies have been involved in a long-term project to negotiate a globally harmonized approach to defining hazards, and providing labels and safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals. The result is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS was adopted by the United Nations, with an international goal of as many countries as possible adopting it by the year 2008.

OSHA incorporated the GHS into the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in March 2012. The result would be more specific requirements for hazard classification, as well as standardized label components and a standard approach to conveying information on safety data sheets. The adoption has the potential to address some issues regarding accuracy and comprehensibility in the U.S., which will improve employee protection and facilitate international trade.

However, the GHS is a living document and has been updated several times since OSHA’s rulemaking. OSHA's rulemaking was based on the 3rd edition of the GHS and the UN is currently working on the 6th. So far the changes have had some minimal effect on OSHA's rulemaking but in the upcoming edition there are some additional hazard categories that OSHA should consider picking up (desensitized explosives and pyrophoric gases). In order to maintain alignment with the GHS and other countries who have adopted the GHS, OSHA is considering rulemaking to align with the most recent version of the GHS.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.1200   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    29 USC 657   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
William Perry
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678