On February 16, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to amend the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The current HCS was last updated in 2012 to align the standard with the third revision of the United Nations (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The proposed changes are to update the HCS to align it with the seventh revised edition of the GHS.
Highlights of the proposed changes include:
- Updates to three existing definitions (exposure/exposed, hazardous chemical, physical hazard)
- Addition of eight new definitions (bulk shipment, combustible dust, gas, liquid, solid, immediate outer package, physician or other licensed health-care professional (PLHCP), and released for shipment)
- Clarification that the hazard classification has to consider both normal considerations of use and foreseeable emergencies
- Additional requirements that the hazard classification must include any hazards associated with a change in the chemical’s physical form or […]