The work plan involves activities that support:
- Developing materials to assist stakeholders with implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) and understanding the interpretation of technical issues and requirements in Canada and the U.S.
- Coordinating opinions on issues that arise from international discussions on the GHS
- Maintaining alignment between the U.S. and Canadian requirements for implementing the GHS when revisions are made
OSHA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada's Department of Health in 2013. The goal of the MOU is to devise a system, accepted by both countries, that allows the use of one label and one safety data sheet.
OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard with the GHS in March 2012 to provide a common, understandable approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. OSHA's Hazard Communication Web page includes links to the standard, frequently asked questions and guidance materials.