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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC93 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Update to the Hazard Communication Standard  
Abstract:

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 2008.

OSHA incorporated the GHS into the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in March 2012. The result was 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 third edition of the GHS and the UN recently completed the sixth. The latest edition contains additional hazard categories that OSHA may add, desensitized explosives and pyrophoric gases, in order to maintain alignment with the GHS and other countries that have adopted the GHS. OSHA would implement such changes via rulemaking.

 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.1200   
Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b)    29 U.S.C. 657   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  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
Email: perry.bill@dol.gov