EPA Revises EPCRA Requirements to Conform with OSHA’s GHS-Aligned HCS — What You Need to Know

The EPA recently issued revisions to 40 CFR Part 370 that will affect reporting under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) for the 2017 calendar year. The final rule issued on June 13, 2016 becomes effective on January 1, 2018, and will better align requirements under EPCRA with OSHA’s GHS-aligned Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) by replacing EPCRA’s five hazard categories with the more than 20 used by OSHA’s GHS-aligned HCS. When facilities submit their Tier II reports by March 1, 2018 for the 2017 calendar year, their reporting forms or reporting submission software will reflect the adopted hazard categories. For more about this regulatory change and how you can stay in compliance, read our full article on the MSDSonline blog.