OSHA has extended the public comment period for the proposed Hazard Communication Standard update until May 19.

The agency it expects the update will increase worker protections and reduce the incidence of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries by further improving the information on the labels and safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals.

OSHA is proposing to modify the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals Revision 7.

The change is being made to address specific issues that have arisen since OSHA last updated the standard in 2021.

It will also provide better alignment with other U.S. agencies and international trading partners without lowering the standard’s overall protections, OSHA said.

Interested people should submit their comments electronically. Please reference docket number OSHA-2019-0001.

More details are included in the Federal Register notice.

For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).