GHS is a new global classification system for chemicals. It will be used to communicate hazards on product labels and safety data sheets.
Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard
Phase-in Dates You Should Know
|Effective Completion Date||Requirement(s)||Who|
|December 1, 2013||Train employees on the new label elements
and safety data sheet (SDS) format.
|June 1, 2015*
December 1, 2015
|Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:
Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015.
|Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers|
|June 1, 2016||Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.||Employers|
|Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above||May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both||Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers|
* This date coincides with the European Union implementation date for classification of mixtures.