Changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communications Standard: What You Need to Know

| April 23, 2019

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Each day, American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals. Many of these chemicals pose serious health risks to employees. Yet only a small number of hazardous chemicals are regulated.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to improve safety and health protections for workers in the United States. The HCS is now in alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).The goal of this update is to provide a “coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.” This update helps you maintain a safe workplace in addition to other benefits like cost savings and higher productivity.

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