The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import and provide information to subsequent users. The current standard requires all employers to have a hazard communication program for workers exposed to hazardous chemicals. The program includes materials such as container labels, safety data sheets, and employee training.
A proposed rule to align OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) was published in the September 30, 2009 Federal Register (74 FR 50279-50549). Under this proposal “Material Safety Data Sheets” will be known as “Safety Data Sheets”. The format of Safety Data Sheets will also align with international U.N. standards. Heritage-Crystal Clean’s MSDS’s will be revising Safety Data Sheets to meet these new format standards as they go into effect.