On Wednesday, September 30th, 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its proposed rule that would implement changes to the Hazard Communication Standard and other standards so that the United States would be consistent with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Changes to the various standards will require revision of all your company’s material safety data sheets (MSDS), now called Safety Data Sheets (SDS)s, revision of your current written hazard communication program, and retraining of employees in the new system. The proposed rule is 271 pages long, so it’ll take me a while to review it. I’m flying to California on Sunday for a conference, so maybe I’ll get a chance to review it in detail, but just flipping through the proposed rule, you’ll need to have a Ph.D. in occupational toxicology just to figure it all out. Stay tuned.
On another note, on Monday I’ll continue my posts regarding OHSAS 18001 and Potent Compound Safety – stayed tuned!