Supporting a Strong Federal Hazard Communication Standard
Worksafe helped pull together a coordinated national response as Federal OSHA proposed changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) that will reduce and harm workers’ right-to-know.
The proposed changes - developed during the prior administration - expand producers’ ability to conceal information, rather than improving our right-to-know. They go against the stated goal of the HCS to inform workers about the hazards of substances in their jobs, and violate the first principle of the international Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling (GHS): “the level of protection offered to workers, consumers, the general public and the environment should not be reduced.”
The right-to-know was a hard-won fight, led by unions, workers’ groups and occupational health and safety activists. It needs improvement, not further erosion.