Breaking OSHA News: GHS Approval Could Be Less Than 90 Days Away – OSHA Submits Revised HazCom Standard to OMB


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 28, 2011 -- MSDSonline has learned that on October 25, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) submitted a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would revise the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with GHS.

It would be the last major hurdle before a final rule on a revised HCS can be published. Because OMB must review the rule within 90 days, OMB approval of a revised Hazard Communication Standard could be less than 90 days away.

View OMB Post on GHS.

After several decades of planning and a few missed deadlines this year, OSHA has taken an important step toward publishing a final rule that would align the Hazard Communication Standard with GHS, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Developed by the United Nations, GHS is intended to align the major hazard communication standards in use around the world.

MSDSonline President and CEO Glenn Trout and VP of Sales Chuck Haling are giving a presentation on GHS entitled 'GHS is Coming Soon – Are You Prepared?' at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Philadelphia, October 30 through November 4. The session on GHS is Wednesday, November 2, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (session #119, in room 117).

MSDSonline's presentation will cover the major changes U.S. companies can expect from a revised HCS, including important changes to safety labels and material safety data sheets, as well as steps companies can take to prepare for the impending standard. Trout and Haling will also cover obligations chemical manufacturers and distributors have around hazard classification and MSDS authoring.

OSHA Director Dr. David Michaels is also expected to attend this year's Congress and Expo, one of the largest safety conferences of its kind, bringing together environmental health and safety professionals from around the world.

You can learn more about GHS at or by visiting the GHS Answer Center.

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