Applied Environmental Health & Safety, Inc.
  A Professional Environmental Health and Occupational Safety Consulting & Training Firm. 
Globally Harmonized System

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

  • Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import. Hazard classification under the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
  • Safety Data Sheets: The new format requires 16 specific sections, ensuring consistency in presentation of important protection information.
  • Information and training: To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements.

Our team can assist you in implementing GHS compliance activities through training, SDS review and by developing a compliant hazardous communication  program.   

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.
Employers
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.  
  Source: www.osha.gov
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