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OSHA: No update to Hazard Communication Standard in near future

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Washington – Any long-awaited update to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is not forthcoming, an agency official said June 20.

Speaking during a public meeting in advance of the 33rd session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (held July 10-12 in Geneva, Switzerland), Maureen Ruskin, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance, said, “We’re still working toward updating the Hazard Communication Standard. It is currently on the (regulatory) agenda, but, as you know, this is a new administration and the transition is still ongoing. I can’t really update you on timing until I meet with our current leadership.

“If I had my way, I would update it to the most current (GHS) revision,” she added.

The Hazard Communication Standard was revised most recently in 2012. The United Nations will release its seventh GHS revision in the near future, Ruskin said.

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