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COLUMN BY | LYNN L. BERGESON

Hazard
Intrepretation

osha clarifies import/ export
labeling for hazard
communication standard
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Late last year, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Letter
of Interpretation (LOI) on labeling packages for import and
export. The LOI is important as it discusses labeling scenarios and outlines OSHA's interpretation of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) requirements for those
scenarios.
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On May 26, 2012, OSHA issued a final
rule modifying its HCS to conform
to the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification
and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS),
Revision 3. In the final rule, OSHA
drastically modified the process
by which hazards are classified and
the information elements required
on Material Safety Data Sheets
(MSDS), now called Safety Data
Sheets (SDS), as well as labels. The
regulatory implementation phase is
underway; the deadline for all labels
and SDSs to meet the new criteria
was June 1, 2015. This deadline included all regulated entities except


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