OSHA Issues HazCom Interim Guidance in Conjunction With Compliance Deadline
July 8, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued the Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) in conjunction with the June 1, 2015, effective date for manufacturers and importers. The Interim Guidance provides industry with specific and detailed insight regarding how OSHA intends to address compliance.
OSHA has significantly modified the process by which hazards are classified and the elements required on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), now called Safety Data Sheets (SDS), as well as labels. The deadline for all labels and SDSs to meet the new criteria was June 1, 2015. This includes everyone, except distributors, who may ship products with the old labels until December 1, 2015.
To review OSHA’s HCS Interim Enforcement Guidance go to https://www.osha.gov/dep/enforcement/hcs_guide_052015.html.