Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents
• Record Type: Hazard Communication
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• Title: Intro to 29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1926, and 1928, Hazard Communication

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1926, and 1928

Hazard Communication

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Labor.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The HCS requires employers to establish hazard communication programs to transmit information on the hazards of chemicals to their employees by means of labels on containers, material safety data sheets, and training programs. Implementation of these hazard communication programs will ensure all employees have the "right-to-know" the hazards and identities of the chemicals they work with, and will reduce the incidence of chemically - related occupational illnesses and injuries.

This modified final rule includes a number of minor changes and technical amendments to further clarify the requirements, and thereby help ensure full compliance and achieve protection for employees. In particular, the rule adds and clarifies certain exemptions from labeling and other requirements; modifies and clarifies aspects of the written hazard communication program and labeling requirements; clarifies and slightly modifies the duties of distributors, manufacturers, and importers to provide material safety data sheets (MSDSs) to employees; and clarifies certain provisions regarding MSDSs.

EFFECTIVE DATES: The amendments in this document will be effective on March 11, 1994.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James F. Foster, Office of Information and Consumer Affairs, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., room N3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 219-8151.

To aid in efforts to comply with the HCS, a single copy of the following documents may be obtained without charge from OSHA's Publications Office, room N3101 at the above address, (202) 219-4667: the Hazard Communication Standard (a Federal Register reprint of today's publication); OSHA 3084, Chemical Hazard Communication, a