• OSHA Issues Final Rule Modifying the Hazard Communication Standard
  • April 13, 2012
  • Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On March 26, 2012, OSHA published its final rule modifying the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA notes that the conformance with the GHS is intended to bring consistency and clarity to hazard communication and help ensure that employees have reliable, consistent, comprehensive and comprehensible information regarding chemical hazards. This final rule follows an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the GHS in September 2006 and a subsequent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in September 2009. The primary changes made to the HCS, discussed in more detail below, include revised criteria for the classification of chemical hazards, a revised uniform labeling format, a specified 16-section format for safety data sheets and requirements for employee training on labels and safety data sheets.