US-American OSHA announces informal public hearing on hazard communication rule

The US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold three
informal public hearings to accept comments and testimony on the proposed rule
to align the agency's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the United
Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of
Chemicals (GHS).

The first hearing will begin March 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the U.S.
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.
Additional hearings are scheduled for March 31 in Pittsburgh and April 13 in
Los Angeles. OSHA will provide the location for the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles
hearings in a future notice.

A number of countries, including the United States, and international
organizations participated in developing the GHS to address inconsistencies in
hazard classification and communications. The system provides a single,
harmonized system to classify chemicals, labels and safety data sheets with the
primary benefit of increasing the quality and consistency of information
provided to workers, employers and chemical users.

Those interested in attending the hearings must provide a notice of intention
to appear by January 18, 2010.

more info - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration