OSHA says European Union chemical labels based on the UN's Globally Harmonized System (GHS) can be used if HazCom standard requirements are met (11/9)
The HCS requires that labels contain the identity of the chemical; appropriate hazard warnings; and the name and addresses for the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party [29 CFR 1910.1200(f)(1)].
The letter, written by Richard Fairfax, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, states: “Classification schemes in the EU and other countries may be different from those in OSHA's HCS. These classification schemes may affect the information provided on both the safety data sheet and the label. However, as long as the EU GHS label contains the information required by the HCS, OSHA will consider the EU GHS label sufficient.”
The letter also points out that OSHA is proposing to amend the HCS to align it with the GHS. Once these changes are adopted, EU GHS labels should meet the requirements of HCS.