The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a directive for enforcement of the new Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), which went into effect on June 1.

HazCom was revised in March 2012 (officially dubbed HCS 2012) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and manufacturers, importers and distributors of  chemicals had to be compliance with new GHS labeling and safety data sheet standards by this past June 1.

The enforcement instructions, however, advise inspectors not to issue citations if the manufacturer, importer or distributor of the chemicals lack a GHS-compliant data sheet or label, provided the company can show it has exercised “reasonable diligence” and “good faith” in trying to obtain the data sheets or labels from upstream suppliers.

Read OSHA Instruction CPL 02-02-079.

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