In 1987, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States passed a law documented in the Code of Regulations (C.F.R. 29) under the section 1910.1200 stating the requirement to develop Material safety Data Sheets known otherwise as the "Right to Know Law". Recently, OSHA passed a revision to this law whose purpose is to further educate workers on the materials with which they come in contact. This new law called HAZCOM 2012 has been dubbed "The Right to Understand Law".
The new regulation is OSHA’s effort to come into harmony with the rest of the world on safety issues, specifically the United Nations’ Global Harmonized System of Safety (GHS).
In this OSHA regulation, the Material Safety Data Sheet has been modified to be in compliance with GHS and will now be expanded in its content and will be called "Safety Data Sheet" instead.
The content of the Safety Data Sheet will now include the following sections;
- Hazard Identification
- Composition Information
- First Aid Measures
- Fire Fighting Measures
- Accidental Release Measures
- Handling and Storage Guidance
- Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
- Physical and Chemical Properties
- Stability and Reactivity
- Toxicological Information
- Ecological Information (non-mandatory)
- Disposal Considerations (non-mandatory)
- Transport Information (non-mandatory)
- Reguolatory Information (non-mandatory)
- Other Information (revision information, date, etc.)
The hazard will be divided into specific classes and assessments of the hazard severity is noted as noted as Danger or Warning.