Introduction

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is consistently one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations, in fact it ranked third on OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards list for 2009 (Oct. 1–Sept.30, 2009) (OSHA 2009a). In this paper, we provide a review of the HCS; share details about OSHA's proposal to align the HCS with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), detail some common compliance challenges facing employers, and recommend best practices for achieving and maintaining compliance with the standard.

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