US OSHA has issued a proposed rule to update the existing Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), originally using UN GHS version 3, to incorporate UN GHS version 7. This is being done to address issues in the implementation of the 2012 regulation and to align with our trading partners in Canada and the EU. OSHA has not announced an official date for adoption, but it is likely to happen later this year.
For the full text of the proposed rule, see here. For a red-lined version of the changes, see this document.
Canada published their updated regulations in December of 2020. As with their WHIMIS 2015, it is in close alignment with the US OSHA HCS. To see the Canadian Regulation click here.
Australia adopted version 7 on January 1st 2021 with a 2 year transition period. It was adopted to stay up to date with trading partners, and up to date with international best practice for chemical assessment and hazard communication. The 7th revised edition of the GHS also brings improvements that will help businesses move away from animal testing and encourage the safe use of hazardous chemicals.
Their regulation is here and contains a nice, detailed description of the changes summarized above.
New Zealand adopted GHS version 7 in April of 2021. Their regulation can be found here.