New OSHA HazCom Letter of Interpretation Clarifies Use of Ingredient Concentration Ranges, Trade Secrets and Hazard Classes on SDSs

This month, OSHA formally issued a letter of interpretation (LOI) clarifying its requirements under the Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard for manufacturers who wish to use ingredient concentration ranges to protect proprietary chemical information as trade secrets on their chemical safety data sheets (SDSs).

The OSHA LOI was in direct response to questions originally submitted by Kirk Nelson, Systems Administrator of MSDSonline Authoring Services at VelocityEHS.

The OSHA LOI also clarifies requirements for classifying the hazards of mixtures and groups of substantially similar hazardous substances, as well as hazards that may potentially be created by downstream processing of materials (such as structural iron/steel and other alloys) that are commonly considered to be non-hazardous substances or articles.

These recent OSHA interpretations could have major implications for chemical and materials manufacturers who wish to protect proprietary product information as trade secrets. They also mean that manufacturers may have to perform additional hazard classifications, author new SDSs or update existing SDSs for the materials they produce in order to account for previously unanticipated downstream uses and exposure scenarios.

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