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On March 26, 2012, OSHA published the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), “harmonizing” it with portions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). In order to minimize the disruptions to employers, OSHA phased in the requirements of the revised standard over four years.
The previous, staggered compliance dates for HCS implementation addressed employee training; container labeling and safety data sheets (SDSs); and employer compliance with written plan and labeling requirements.
The final implementation date is June 1, 2016. By that date, all employers must:
- Update alternative workplace labeling as necessary,
- Update their hazard communication (HazCom) program as necessary, and
- Provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.
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