GHS Rule Under Final Review by Office of Management and Budget


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: OSHA

On October 25, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) submitted a final rule to align its Hazard Communication Standard with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The OMB, which vets all new rules before they become final, will now have 90 days to approve, amend, withdraw, or return the rule back to OSHA for further review. 

After more than five years since OSHA first issued its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on GHS, this week’s submission to OMB represents the last major hurdle before a final rule to implement the GHS will be published in the Federal Register.  However, as has been the case with OSHA’s Crystalline Silica rule -- which was submitted for a final review this past March that has yet to be concluded -- OMB can still extend the length of its review period as necessary.

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