This article is brought to you by Access – Lift&Handlers Magazine – About the finalization of OSHA regulations to to make it compatible with GHS standards.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has finalized a rule revising its hazard communication standard to align it with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The change will affect more than five million businesses across the United States.

The current hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) requires chemical manufacturers to evaluate the chemicals they produce and determine if they are hazardous. It also requires them and distributors to inform all related employers and employees of the chemicals’ hazards through various communication means, such as labels and “Material Safety Data Sheets” (MSDSs).

The new rule standardizes the classification process used by manufacturers. Manufacturers would classify any health or physical hazards of the chemical and determine the “category” of each class. The rule then requires manufacturers to place the chemical into further subcategories.

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