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OSHA, Canadian Health Department Sign MOU on Hazardous Communication Standards

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Healthy Environments and Consumer (HEC) Safety Branch of the Department of Health of Canada. The MOU allows OSHA and HECS to collaborate on implementing the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling in their respective jurisdictions, as well as any future developments of the GHS.

Under the agreement, OSHA and HECS will establish a working group to reduce systematic barriers between the systems responsible for occupational safety and health of workplace chemicals and collaborate to reach common positions for the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS about proposed updates to the system, among other goals.  OSHA is participating in the US-Canada High Level Regulatory Coordination Council to improve regulatory cooperation and adopt compatible approaches to promote economic growth, job creation and benefits to consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination.

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