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Update on the Global Harmonized System (GHS). 

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis Announces Updates to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard

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."

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