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Hazard Communication Standard: OSHA’s update proposal

Chemical hazards and toxic substances may results in workplace illnesses and injuries (such as irritation, sensitization and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion, and explosibility).

Also, according to the BLS’s workplace injury statistics, exposure to harmful substances or environments caused 621 fatalities in 2019.

To make sure that workers are informed about chemical and toxic substance hazards in the workplace, OSHA has designed a worker education and training (Hazard Communication Standard) and has recently proposed to update it in order to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The aim of the proposal is to increase worker protections and reduce the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries by improving the information on the labels, clarifying requirements for the transportation of hazardous chemicals and adding requirements to the Safety Data Sheets.

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