OSHA Updates Chemical Workplace Safety Regulations to Conform with International Standards
For the first time since 1994, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is overhauling the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). These are the regulations designed to protect workers against chemical hazards in the workplace. A primary objective of the new HCS is to conform the U.S. OSHA requirements with international standards. The new regulation became effective May 25, 2012, although implementation dates are staggered to allow companies time to comply with the changes. This advisory summarizes the changes to the HCS and the implications for chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors.