OSHA has updated its Hazardous Communication Standard with the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of chemical labeling. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance can help you comply with these new hazard communication standards. Download Safety Data Sheets
Previous to GHS, each country had their own standards and identification methods for hazardous materials and hazardous communication. Now, the same standards will be used internationally to identify chemicals that are flammable, toxic, corrosive, etc. The GHS assures that any material considered toxic in USA, is also considered toxic in Europe, Asia, South America, etc. The GHS standardizes the way hazardous materials are classified and labeled.
The GHS replaces Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with Safety Data Sheets (SDS). By now, you and your staff should be trained on new Safety Data Sheet format and the new chemical labeling requirements. Compliance date for training was December 1, 2013.
However, the transition is not complete; there are three additional compliance dates to be aware of.
|Effective Completion Date||Requirement(s)||Who|
|Effective Completion DateDecember 1, 2013||Requirement(s)Train employees on the new label elements and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format.||Who Employers|
|Effective Completion Date June 1, 2015**/
December 1, 2015
|Requirement(s)Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except: the distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label.||Who Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers|
|Effective Completion Date June 1, 2016||Requirement(s)Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.||Who Employers|
|Effective Completion Date Transition period to the effective completion dates noted above||Requirement(s)May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both.||Who Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers|
OSHA advises on three major areas of change:
As of June 1, 2015 pictograms will be required on labels, identifying chemical hazards. Each pictogram represents a distinct hazard in the form of a symbol on a white background within a red frame.
For detailed information about OSHA's Hazardous Communication Standard and the changes resulting from the Globally Harmonized System consult OSHA directly.
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NOTE: This information is a summary interpretation and was prepared as general reference material only. This summary is not authoritative as laws can be amended over time. For specific compliance requirements and updates, please refer to the actual code language and the statute or legal counsel.