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OSHA has issued a proposed update to its Hazard Communication Standard. The update is based on the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), and is meant to align the standard with other federal agencies and international trading partners.
OSHA reports the proposed changes would improve dissemination of hazard information so employees are more appropriately apprised of exposure to chemical hazards in the workplace.
The Hazard Communication Standard was last updated in 2012 to reflect previous changes to GHS. The official version of the proposed rule will appear in the Federal Register on Feb. 16. You can submit comments until April 19.