The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) ensures chemical safety in the workplace by requiring chemical manufacturers to provide information through labels, safety data sheets, and training to employees about hazardous chemicals they may be exposed to. New labelling requirements will have economic impacts on specialty chemical manufacturers, by requiring companies to develop new labels for products. The rule will also provide beneficial flexibility for labelling of small packages, bulk shipments and chemicals already released for distribution.
The proposed rulemaking sets forth the following revisions to the standard:
In late 2022, OSHA moved the proposed updates to HCS to its short-term regulatory agenda, indicating that the rule will likely be finalized by late 2023/early 2024.
SOCMA supports inclusion of provisions on small package labeling, flexibility for chemicals released for distribution, labeling for bulk shipments, and extended compliance dates, and the exclusion of CBI-compromising concentration ranges and modification of Hazard Classification Requirements in the final HCS rule.
SOCMA will continue to track the issue and advocate in support of modifications that continue to ensure worker health and safety standards, including recommendations that benefit North American specialty chemical manufacturers.
Learn more about SOCMA’s position on OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).
OSHA asked industry for comments on their proposed HCS rule in 2021. SOCMA provided key information on where this proposed rule had unjust negative impacts our membership, and where we supported their provisions.
SOCMA participated in a hearing on HCS, providing feedback on the proposed standard.