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|Title: 11/17/1994 - Interpretation for treated wood products in regards to paragraphs (f)(2)(i)-(iii) of the HCS.|
|Record Type: Interpretation||Standard Number: 1910.1200|
November 17, 1994
Mr. Martin Wikstrom Manager, Government Affairs
American Wood Preservers Institute
Tysons International Building Suite 150
Vienna, VA 22182
Dear Mr. Wikstrom:
Thank you for your letter of August 1, concerning the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA's) final Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200, recently published in the Federal Register on February 9, 1994.|
You requested an interpretation for treated wood products in regards to paragraphs (f)(2)(i)-(iii) of the HCS. It is OSHA's understanding that treated lumber is not completely cured at the time of its initial distribution. Therefore, the hazardous chemical will, to a varying degree, leach out of the treated lumber and be available for exposure to employees.
Based on the information that you have provided us, OSHA concludes that labels must be provided on each shipment of treated wood. Please bear in mind that ultimate compliance with the OSHA regulations will be determined by the local OSHA Area Office serving your geographical area. The standard's requirement is stated specifically in paragraph (f)(2)(iii), which is provided below:
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The HCS necessitates a "downstream flow of information" which means that producers of hazardous chemicals have the primary responsibility for generating and disseminating information, while the users must obtain the information and transmit it to their employees.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Health Compliance Assistance at (202) 219-8036.
Ruth E. McCully, Director Office of Health Compliance Assistance
The official, public domain, OSHA version of this document is available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=21628&p_text_version=FALSE