Oregon OSHA recently adopted Federal OSHAâs globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS) into the Hazard Communication Standard and related general industry (Division 2) and construction (Division 3) rules. Agricultural workers are also potentially exposed to many hazardous chemicals that can cause or contribute to serious health effects or serious physical hazards.
This proposed rulemaking will improve safety and simplify compliance for agricultural workplaces by focusing on the rule requirements that pertain to users of hazardous chemicals (as opposed to those for manufacturers, importers, and distributors) and by incorporating the definitions and terminology from the GHS into Oregon OSHA's Division 4, Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for agricultural employers. Revisions to the Division 4 HCS will establish a uniform "flow of information" about chemical hazards in all the Oregon OSHA rules.
Several related rules, including the Division 4 "universal" definitions, and standards for flammable liquids, fire prevention, pipe labeling, and the storage of hazardous chemicals, are also being revised to be consistent with the GHS-modified HCS.