Internationally developed and peer reviewed International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs), are available on OSHAâ€™s Web site to use as a screening tool for reviewing MSDSs. They cover more than 1,300 substances and are available in multiple languages.
OSHA's new hazcom emphasis also has an enforcement angle. The hazcom rule was the second most frequently cited OSHA standard last year, following scaffolding requirements. Inspectors will use sample hazard information on selected chemicals to check the accuracy of MSDSs. Deficiencies will be brought to the attention of the party responsible for supplying the MSDS, and failure to make corrections may result in the issuance of citations.
OSHA is also evaluating the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and preparing a guide to increase awareness of the GHS. Adoption of the GHS in the U.S. could improve the quality of MSDSs and labels, according to the agency.