OSHA Proposes Extension to Comment Period for HCS Amendments – Update from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On April, 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published aFederal Register notice to extend the comment period of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) by one month.  The HCS is the federal-level legislation that sets forth the classification, labeling, Safety Data Sheet (SDS), and training requirements for hazardous chemicals intended to be used, handled, or stored in workplaces.  The current HCS is based on the third revised edition (Rev 3) of the United Nations (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  The proposed changes include updating the HCS to align with the seventh revised edition (Rev 7) of GHS.  The transition period proposed is one year for chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors of substances and two years for chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors of mixtures after the effective final rule is published.  The notice was open for comments until April 19, 2021.  OSHA states in the Federal Register that it will extend the comment period to May 19, 2021, and that it intends to schedule an informal public hearing.  For more information, please read the full memorandum.


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