The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has extended their review of OSHA’s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). The review has been extended another 30 days, so we are hoping that the new regulations will become live before the end of February. However, the OMB can add further 30 day extensions into the future, so there is no guarantee that the new regulations will become live in February.
Once the regulations do become live, there will be a phase in period (likely either 2 years or 3 years) for companies to re-author their MSDSs (now called SDSs) and industrial chemical labels to the new format.
Canada has yet to release their draft regulations. We are expecting they will do so once the final US regulations are enacted.
We will be monitoring the situation closely. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nexreg.