OMB Extends Review Period of OSHA’s GHS Rule


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: OSHA

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which vets all new federal regulations, has extended its review period for OSHA's final rule to align its Hazard Communication Standard with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

On October 25, 2011, the OSHA submitted the rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within OMB for review.  From that date, OMB was granted 90 days to approve, amend, withdraw, or return the rule back to OSHA for further review – requiring action by the end of January 2012 at the latest. 

This extension of the review period for GHS is a common practice by OMB and allows the agency to almost indefinitely extend the time frame.

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