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OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)

Monday June 04, 2012

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), first issued in 1983, was designed to ensure that employers provide information about potential health and physical hazards and associated protective measures to their workers. OSHA has just announced on March 20, 2012, a final rule updating OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Globally_Harmonized_System_Guide.

Employers must start training to understand the new label elements and Safety Data Sheets format by December 1, 2013. Resources to assist PMPA members with compliance to this new standard are provided here.