The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has primary responsibility for implementing the GHS requirements for hazard classification, labeling, & SDS since these issues are currently regulated under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.
OSHA released a proposed revision to the U.S. Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926) on 30 September 2009 (74 FR 50280). The proposed modifications to the HCS includes:
- Revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards;
- New labeling provisions (including manditory use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, & precautionary statements);
- Required safety data sheet (SDS) format;
- New definitions for terms;
- Requirements for employee training;
- Modifications to other OSHA standards (flammable and combustible liquids, process safety management, & substance-specific health standards).
The proposed rule has a three-year implementation timeframe during which either the existing HCS or the new GHS requirements may be used. Training for all employees on the new GHS requirements would be required within two years of the rule becoming final.
- OSHA 2009 Proposed Revisions to the HCS to meet GHS, (74 FR 50280) 30 September 2009 http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=21110
- OSHA 2006 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on GHS in Hazard Communication, 12 September 2006. http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=18890
- OSHA GHS http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardcommunications/global.html
- OSHA Guide to GHS for Classification & Labels http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html
- OSHA’s HCS Comparison to GHS http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/GHSOSHAComparison.html
- DOT GHS – policies & regulations http://hazmat.dot.gov/regs/intl/globharm.htm
- DOT Marine Pollutant Final Rule for GHS
14 Jan. 2009 (74 FR 2200) (HM215J) http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E8-31383.pdf – voluntary until 1 January 2010
- Haz Mat: Harmonization with UN Recommendations… (HM215I) 29 Dec. 2006 (71 FR 78585) – most effective 1 Jan. 2012 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/pdf/06-9849.pdf
- EPA Office of Pesticides – reports; Q&A http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/international/globalharmon.htm