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OSHA Announces Informal Public Hearings on Hazard Communication Rule

February 15th, 2010

OSHA will host informal public hearings on the proposal to align the agency's hazard communication standard with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The proposed rule will improve the consistency and effectiveness of hazard communications and reduce workers' chemical-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The first hearing will occur March 2 at Labor Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. Additional hearings will occur March 31 in Pittsburgh and April 13 in Los Angeles. Locations for these hearings will be provided at a later date. Read the December 29 Federal Register notice for details. The proposed changes include revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards; revised labeling provisions that include requirements for use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements; a specified format for safety data sheets; and related revisions to definitions of terms used in the standard, requirements for employee training on labels and safety data sheets. The proposed hazard communication standard changes can be found in their entirety in the September 30 Federal Register.