Spring 2019 Regulatory Agenda Includes Estimated Date for HazCom Revision
The U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have published their Spring 2019 Regulatory Agenda, which indicates the activities that various agencies plans to pursue for the rest of the year, and beyond. Of special interest to those who’ve been following OSHA’s plans to update its Hazard Communication Standard is a new tentative date for a proposed rule to align the Standard with Revision 7 of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
The HazCom Standard is currently aligned with Revision 3 of the GHS. OSHA is now indicating a tentative December 2019 date for a proposed rule updating the HazCom Standard to align with GHS Revision 7.
As we’ve previously discussed in this blog, there have been a number of changes to the GHS since Revision 3, encompassing such important elements as classifications of chemicals and a proposed codification system for hazard pictograms. OSHA may consider incorporating any of these changes into their revision of the Standard.
So what does all this mean for you? HazCom covered businesses? While it’s important that you’re aware of OSHA’s Revision 7 alignment plans, all covered businesses must continue to adhere to the current HazCom 2012, GHS Revision 3 aligned requirements.
For businesses covered by HazCom, now is a good time to take note of what could change based on the evolution of GHS and refocus your understanding of current obligations under the GHS-aligned HazCom 2012 Standard. A main issue uncovered during the initial GHS rollout was that many employers were not compliant with the pre-GHS HazCom requirements, which made it harder for them to adopt the changes. Taking steps now that help ensure your facility is fully HazCom compliant will make introducing the next round of changes easier.
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