EPA Plans Changes to SNURs and PMNs - Updates Hazard Comm and Regulatory Framework and Premanufacture Notice Requirements


Source: Federal Register
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

EPA is proposing changes to the Significant New Uses of Chemical Substances regulations under TSCA to align these regulations with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), and with changes to the OSHA Respiratory Protections Standard and the NIOSH non-powered air-purifying particulate respirator certification requirements pertaining to respiratory protection of workers from exposure to chemicals.

EPA is also proposing changes to Significant New Uses of Chemical Substances regulations based on issues that have been identified by EPA and public commenters for Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) previously issued under these regulations. 

The proposed changes would apply to SNURs promulgated after the final rule is issued.  Some of the proposed changes may be applied optionally to previously issued SNURs while some changes would apply to SNURs already issued.  Allowing persons already subject to SNURs to optionally adopt updated hazard communication and respiratory protection requirements eliminates the need to update existing SNURs through notice and comment rulemaking.  As for PMN submissions EPA will soon formally require a Safety Data Sheet as a part of the submission.  

Comments are due September 26, 2016.  Click here to view the proposed rule.  Please contact Dan Newton at 202 721 4158 any questions or comments.

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