According to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), chemical hazards and toxic substances pose a wide range of health hazards to workers (including irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion, and reactivity). Read more from OSHA here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardoustoxicsubstances/
Hazardous chemicals were the cause of nearly 3 million nonfatal private industry injuries or illnesses in 2012. According to former US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, "Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today."
In an effort to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals, The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has made revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)."Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive." The update is intended to provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.