In August of this year, OSHA is expected to announce its plans to modify the current Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), and fully implement the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The reason for the change is to increase the quality and consistency of classifying and labeling all chemicals, on a global scale. Transitioning to GHS will make major changes that affect hazard classification, labels, SDS, and training.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent a final rule that will align its Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Oct. 25 for final review. By law, OMB is required to perform one last review prior to the rule being formally approved for publication and implementation by the regulated community.