The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is expected to provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once fully implemented, the revised standard is also expected to improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard. The webinar will discuss what GHS is, the history of the rulemaking, and the major changes to the standard.
Director, Office of Chemical Hazards - Metals, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)