GHS Approaches Adoption

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Mike Rich
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The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently completed its review of OSHA’s revised hazard communication standard, eliminating the last major hurdle in the path of adoption.

With the review complete OSHA will now incorporate comments made by OMB into the standard and publish in the Federal Register.

It is a process expected to take a few weeks to complete.

OSHA’s revised hazard communication standard combines the existing regulation with the globally harmonized system of chemical classification, a universal program for the identification of chemical hazards.

The program will replace existing Material Safety Data Sheets with Safety Data Sheets and introduce new labels pictograms and universal system of hazard identification.

Once adopted OSHA will grant employers up to two years to train employees on the concepts of the new system. This training is expected to cost American employers more than $44 million.

In addition to the adoption of the GHS in the United States, both Mexico and Canada are working on putting in place the GHS system.

In Mexico there is already a system for voluntary compliance and in Canada work is being done to implement GHS as part of its WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) regulations, but draft of the rule is yet to be published.

For more information on GHS compliance call 877-201-8923.

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