EPA Proposal Seeks Alignment with OSHA, NIOSH Regulations and GHS

Published September 28, 2016

A rule proposed by EPA would update and align existing regulations that govern significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with revisions to OSHA’s Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard. The revised HazCom Standard, which was released in March 2012, aligned OSHA’s standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). EPA’s proposal also seeks to align regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances with changes to OSHA’s respiratory protection standard and NIOSH respirator certification requirements regarding the protection of workers from chemical exposure. Manufacturers and processors of chemical substances are among those who would be potentially affected by this action.

One of EPA’s proposed revisions would require individuals subject to the agency’s significant new use rules (SNURs) to implement engineering and administrative controls before requiring workers to use personal protective equipment.

EPA is accepting public comments on its proposal until Oct. 26. For more information, see the docket on Regulations.gov.