Monday, January 4, 2010

OSHA Revision Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA is scheduling informal public hearings on its proposal to revise the Hazard Communication Standard.

OSHA will be holding hearings on the revision of the Hazard Communication Standard so as to conform the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The classification, identification, and control of combustible dust hazards in the Safety Data Sheets (SDS)/MSDS is one aspect of the complex revision.

Currently the Hazard Communication Standard requires the raw product manufacturers to provide combustible dust fire and explosion physical properties in the MSDS/SDS. In contrast there are no provisions in the HazCom Standard for raw products at the top of the lifecycle that change from bulk form to combustible dust that is generated from combustible particulate solids midstream in the lifecycle during the manufacturing process. Without this vital aspect being thoroughly addressed, combustible dust related fires will continue unabated since information on minimum ignition temperatures (MIT) of a variety of combustible dusts is unknown by the midstream manufacturer.

DATES: Informal public hearing. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m., local time, on the following dates:
March 2, 2010, in Washington, DC;
March 31, 2010, in Pittsburgh, PA; and
April 13, 2010, in Los Angeles, CA.

Docket Folder for docket number OSHA-H022K-2006-0062

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