OSHA’s Hazard Communication (Haz Com) Standard – UPDATE

New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections for America’s workers. The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,’ but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.’

The modified standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets. Here are the OSHA compliance deadlines for employers:

  • December 1, 2013: Employers must train employees on the new label and SDS (Safety Data Sheet) requirements.
  • June 1, 2015: Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

For more information: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html

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