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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