ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)68085
CIS number 96-2244
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
NACOSH Hazard Communication Workgroup
Title Report to OSHA on hazard communication
Bibliographic information National Advisory Committee of Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor, Directorate of Health Standards, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210, USA, 12 Sep. 1996. 93 + 3 + 15 + 7 + 21 + 6p.
Internet access 96-2244.pdf [in English]
Abstract Report by a workgroup organized at the request of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to provide recommendations on ways of simplifying material safety data sheets (MSDSs), reducing paperwork, improving the effectiveness of worker training and revising enforcement policies. The workgroup determined that the complexity of MSDSs and the paperwork involved in their management were not caused by or under the control of OSHA, but several ways of facilitating the use of MSDSs were suggested. OSHA should endorse and promote the American National Standards on MDSDs and labelling, ANSI Z400.1-1993 and ANSI Z129.1-1994. Symbols and colour coding should not be mandated until their effectiveness had been validated. OSHA should develop model employee training programmes. Criteria for evaluating programmes should be included in the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, 29 CFR 1910.1200, CIS 89-1417). Enforcement of the HCS should concentrate on communication with enterprises and rectification of deficiencies rather than punishment. OSHA should pursue harmonization of the classification and labelling of products, and of MSDS format, at the domestic and international levels.
Descriptors (primary) national organization; USA; warning notices; hazard identification; safety training in industry; safety programmes; role of government; data sheet; danger symbols
Descriptors (secondary) report; legislation; standardization
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Safety programmes
OSH training