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OSHA Quicktakes: Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis Announces Updates to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard
March 28, 2012, 9:33 am
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On March 20, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, joined by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels, hosted a press teleconference to announce a final rule updating OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. Secretary Solis described that the revised standard will align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals and help American businesses compete in a global economy. “Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious dangers facing American workers today,” she said. “Revising OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard will improve the quality, consistency and clarity of hazard information that workers receive, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive in the global marketplace.” Assistant Secretary Michaels explained that OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication standard (HCS), which will be fully implemented in 2016, benefits workers by reducing confusion in the workplace, facilitating safety training, and improving understandings of hazards, especially for low-wage and limited-literacy workers. The harmonized standard will classify chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and establish consistent labels and safety data sheets for all chemicals made in the United States or imported from abroad. For more information, go to


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