OSHA GHS Adoption Moves Forward to Federal Register

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Office of Management and Budget (OMB) concludes its review of the new Hazard Communication Standard. The next step is to pass the final rule to the Federal Register for publication.

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SiteHawk, the leading innovator in cloud-based MSDS and chemical data management solutions, is pleased to report that OSHA’s revised hazard communication standard passed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review. The updated standard incorporates the principles of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) which aims to standardize the classification and labeling of chemicals and related hazard communication. Benefits of OSHA’s updated HCS include reduced time and costs involved in meeting multiple regulations for hazard communication, improved comprehension and understanding of health and environmental hazards, facilitation of trade by removing barriers created by various health and safety requirements, and reduction of duplicate material testing.

The OMB approved the standard through the final ruling stage as “consistent with change.” The consistent with change status signifies that the draft rule had been modified in the course of the review, but was determined to be consistent with the executive order and all applicable requirements. However, it is not yet known the extent of the changes, whether they are substantive or inconsequential. Now in the Final Rule stage, the last step is for the rule to be published officially in the Federal Register thus setting the effective date for the transition period. The timing of publication to the register is not known at this time.

“We fully expect the new provisions to make compliance, training, and user comprehension of chemical hazards more straight-forward in the long run,” commented Kim Stier, President of SiteHawk. “However, companies must take a smart approach to GHS adoption today that doesn’t overwhelm their own resources.”

To manage the transition to GHS compliance, SiteHawk delivers a complete suite of web-based software and managed services that enable organizations to manage the avalanche of revised GHS safety data sheets. SiteHawk automatically acquires, uploads, and indexes new material safety data sheets upon every change and provides the additional GHS fields including GHS classifications, GHS pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements. Furthermore, the solutions offer users a broad, interactive regulatory cross-reference tool to assist in the preparation of necessary regulatory reporting and compliance checks for U.S. and global initiatives. For more information on the new GHS provisions, please visit the GHS Information Center available on the SiteHawk website.

About SiteHawk
SiteHawk is a leading innovator in cloud-based MSDS and chemical data management solutions offering a complete approach to MSDS management, chemical inventory tracking, and product sustainability initiatives. Organizations in virtually every industry utilize SiteHawk solutions to manage their hazard communication programs, meet regulatory and environmental compliance initiatives, manage chemical inventories and chemical data, publish material safety data sheets, and keep workers safe throughout the organization. With customers spanning the globe, SiteHawk continues to lead the environmental health and safety industry in customer satisfaction with a greater than 98% customer retention rate.

The complete SiteHawk solution portfolio includes software and services for MSDS management, MSDS authoring, chemical inventory management, and environmental regulatory compliance. For more information on any of these services, please visit http://www.sitehawk.com.


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