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OSHA Rules Change to Hazard Communication Standard

03/05/2010

In September 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") proposed a change to its nearly three-decade-old Hazard Communication Standard (the "HCS") in an effort to align the HCS with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals ("GHS"). OSHA argues that the rule change is necessary to improve the quality and consistency of information provided to workers, employers and chemical users. The proposed rule, the agency claims, will achieve this by adopting a standardized approach to hazard classification, labels and safety data.