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|Title: 05/01/1989 - HCS does not require a particular labeling system's code on the MSDS.|
|Record Type: Interpretation||Standard Number: 1910.1200|
May 1, 1989
Mr. Nelson C. Holly
Kansas City, Kansas 66115
Dear Mr. Holly:
This is in response to your letter of October 31, 1988, requesting that HMIS and NFPA labeling information be included on the material safety data sheet.|
The preamble to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) recognizes the existence of numerous labeling systems that are currently in use in industry. Many of the systems rely on numerical or alphabetical codes to convey the hazards. Although, the intent of the standard is to permit the use of these systems for in-plant labeling, provided the entire hazard communication program is effective, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not endorse specific services or products. It would, therefore, be inappropriate for OSHA to require a particular labeling system's code on the material safety data sheet.
We hope this information is helpful to you in clarifying your concern. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
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Thomas J. Shepich,
Director Directorate of Compliance Programs
The official, public domain, OSHA version of this document is available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=19781&p_text_version=FALSE