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August 19, 2011

Watch for Globally Harmonized Standard Rule in September

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Although OSHA's head promised new GHS labeling standards in August, the agency has now published a target date to align U.S. labeling of hazardous chemicals with international standards. According to it's semiannual agenda, OSHA plans to issue a final rule by September to implement the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) into the agency's Hazard Communication Standard.

Proposed changes included in the new rule:
  1. Renaming Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) to Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
  2. Displaying pictograms and signal words on container labels
  3. Introduction of new chemical classifications

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