The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a news release announcing a March 20 teleconference to provide details on the final rule that updates the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard to align it with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals:
“Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, joined by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels, will host a press teleconference on March 20 to announce a final rule updating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard. To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals and help American businesses compete in a global economy, OSHA has revised the Hazard Communication Standard so that it is in alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Other OSHA officials also will participate in the call to answer questions on the updated standard and the globally harmonized system.”
Once adopted, the revised hazard communication standard is expected to affect more than more than 5 million U.S. workplaces and 40 million workers, according to OSHA data. Changes outlined in OSHA’s proposed rule include significant modifications to hazard communication (hazcom) labels.
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