Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
On March 26, 2012, OSHA published a final rule that aligned the existing HCS with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals that benefits workers by reducing confusion about chemical hazards in the workplace, facilitating safety training and improving the understanding of hazards, especially for low literacy workers. The final rule revised existing collection of information (paperwork) requirements that were approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under PRA-95, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., and OMB's regulations at 5 CFR part 1320.
Hazard communication is currently addressed by many different international, national, and State authorities. These existing requirements are not always consistent and often contain different definitions of hazards and varying provisions for what information is required on labels and safety data sheets (SDSs). The final standard harmonizes the U.S. system with international norms and as a result would enhance worker safety and facilitate international trade. The final rule's modifications to the Hazard Communication Standard's collection of information requirements include: (1) Revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards; (2) revised labeling provisions that include requirements for use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements; (3) a specified format for SDSs; and (4) related revisions to definitions of terms used in the Standard and to requirements for employee training on labels and SDSs.
As required by PRA-95, the
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), OMB approved the collections of information contained in the HCS, and assigned these collections of information OMB control number 1218-0072. This approval expires on June 30, 2015. In accordance with 5 CFR 1320.5(b), an Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person need not respond to, a collection of information unless the collection displays a valid OMB control number. Also, notwithstanding any other provision of law, no employer shall be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a currently valid OMB control number.
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506