EPA Tier II Updates Coming: Hazard Categories Will be Revised in 2018

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EPA recently announced it is amending its hazardous chemical inventory reporting regulations due to the changes in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. Changes are required as a result of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which went into effect in 2012.

Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate their chemicals according to the new criteria adopted by OSHA to ensure that they are classified and labeled appropriately. The changes affect the reporting requirements under sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

As a result, EPA was required to amend 40 CFR 370 by revising the existing hazard categories for hazardous chemical inventory form reporting (known as Tier II reporting) and for hazardous chemical list reporting. EPA is also making a few minor corrections in the hazardous chemical reporting regulations.

The final rule is effective June 13, 2016, and has a compliance date of January 1, 2018. Facilities are required to comply with reporting the new physical and health hazards on their Tier II inventory form for reporting year 2017 by March 1, 2018.

Source: Asmark Institute