Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Sen. Enzi Presses OSHA on Material Safety Data Sheets

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Sen. Enzi Presses OSHA on Material Safety Data Sheets

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The chairman of the Senate's OSHA oversight subcommittee, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., has joined FIGHT Project founder Ron Hayes in asking that OSHA increase the reliability and accessibility of material safety data sheets (MSDSs).

Chemical workers are too often unaware of the hazards they face because of inaccurate, unavailable or unintelligible MSDSs, according to Hayes, who launched his campaign to address the problem last year with a letter to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Chan wrote to Hayes on Dec. 17, 2002 that she had asked OSHA Administrator John Henshaw to review OSHA's hazard communication requirements and to recommend possible changes.

In a June 27 letter to Henshaw, Enzi called upon the agency to report within 60 days its findings and recommendations, including "actions OSHA has taken, and plans to take, to increase MSDS reliability and accessibility."

When Hayes raised the issue at the July 9-10 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, Henshaw admitted that MSDSs "need to be improved. …

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