Amendments to Hazard Communication Standard Proposed for 2019

The US Labor Department’s Spring 2018 regulatory agenda reveals that OSHA plans to propose regulatory amendments in 2019, to better align US rules with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals.

OSHA last updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 2012, aligning it with the third version of the GHS. Globally, the GHS, which covers hazard classification, standardized labeling and safety data sheets, is in its seventh edition.

According to Chemical Watch, the Agency has moved the update project from the “long-term action” list to “proposed rule” status. The projected publication date is February 2019.

The rulemaking now underway aims to “harmonize the HCS to the latest edition of the GHS and to codify a number of enforcement policies”.

Maureen Ruskin, director of the Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, said in October 2017, the agency was working on a proposal to update the HCS with the intent of improving alignment with the system, and Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015).