Earlier this year, we received news that the long-awaited GHS standard left desks at the Office of Management Budget (OMB) and made it back to the halls of OSHA in Washington D.C. OSHA released the new HAZCOM 2012 and now all industries are on notice. OSHA estimates that more than 43 million workers will be affected by GHS.
The major changes
- New SDS (what we now call MSDS) will be required to have 16 sections. SDSs will be a standardized form that will be issued by the chemical manufacturers.
- December 31, 2013 : All employees must be trained on the new labeling system and SDS format.
- June 1, 2015: All labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier and supplier identification. Also note that products with old labeling systems can be shipped until December 1, 2015.
- June 1, 2016: Employers must have their hazard communication programs or any other workplace signage updated.
Free webinar – Preparing Now for GHS
We’re here to provide guidance on GHS, what it means for you, and how you can successfully navigate the road to compliance over the next 4 years.
Join us July 11 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time for a free webinar on Preparing Now for Global Harmonization System Implementation presented by Josh Edwards from SiteHawk.