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Passed House amended (08/04/1998)

Directs the Secretary of Labor to revise certain regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) to: (1) provide that an employer complies with a specified standard if the employer makes information on each hazardous chemical used in the workplace readily accessible to employees through electronic access to Material Standard Data Sheets (MSDSs) under specified conditions; and (2) require prominent display of specified safety information for workers.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) study the comprehensibility of specified OSHA required hazard warnings to industrial workers; and (2) make the resulting report available to chemical manufacturers and importers that prepare MSDSs.

Directs the Secretary to report to specified congressional committees upon U.S. entry into any international agreement regarding the format or contents of MSDSs or labeling of hazardous chemicals with recommendations for changes to the requirements of this Act.