Agreement protects Canadian, U.S. workers against hazardous chemicals
The memorandum of understanding forges a relationship between the HECS and OSHA to jointly implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling in their respective jurisdictions. OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard with the GHS last year to "provide a common, understandable approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets," according to the agency.
The agreement calls for the two agencies to create a working group to "reduce systematic barriers between the systems responsible for occupational safety and health of workplace chemicals and collaborate to reach common positions for the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS about proposed updates to the system," according to a statement from OSHA.
In the U.S., all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces are required to conduct new training for workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets format by Dec. 1. The revised Hazard Communication Standard and guidance materials are available online.
By Nancy Grover
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August 26, 2013
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