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Hazard communication updates due by June 2016

August 07, 2015

Washington — Employers should update their written hazard communication program and any alternative workplace labeling and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards by June 1, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.

Under OSHA’s hazard communication standard, which was revised in March 2012 to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, employers were required to train employees on new label elements and safety data sheets by Dec. 1, 2013. The revised standard will be fully implemented June 1, 2016.

OSHA instructions to compliance officers explain how the revised standard will be enforced during the transition period and after the standard is fully implemented. The ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Compliance is available at or by calling the ADA Member Service Center at 1-800-947-4746. Further information is available at