The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised its Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) to comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
The following major revisions were adopted by OSHA:
- Hazard Classification: Chemical hazards will be determined by chemical manufacturers and importers. Specific criteria are provided for health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures in the updated standard.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to use labels that include a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
- Safety Data Sheets (SDS): For consistency, the revised sheets include 16 specific sections that must be completed. This system will gradually replace the current Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)