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GHS (Globally Harmonized Standard) & OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA has aligned its required Hazard Communication Standard with the UN’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS), in an effort to create a universally understandable method for communicating hazard warnings.

This will affect the documentation and labeling of substances found in the workplace, and the training of workers to understand these new formats. Over the next two years,
employers will need to comply with deadlines for implementing changes in their chemical handling programs.

Please note: Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are the responsibility of the employer.

Key Dates:

- December 1, 2013 – All employees must be trained to understand the new guidelines
- June 1, 2015 – Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers must have new format Safety Datasheets and Labels in place.
- June 1, 2015 – work placed labeling must be updated and hazard communication programs in place to employees on newly-identified hazards

- December 1, 2015 – Distributors may not ship without new labels after this date

All labels will require six items:

1. Product name
2. Signal word – Danger or Warning
3. Pictogram(s)
4. Hazard statement as defined by GHS for each class and category 
5. Precautionary statement about recommended prevention, response, storage, and disposal of materials and required personal protection equipment and supplemental information
6. Product manufacturer or supplier name, address, and telephone number.

Safety Inc can provide you with appropriate signage, labeling equipment, personal protection equipment and spill clean up materials as well as for employee protection in case of spills.

Order GHS training materials by completing and returning this
Additional information can be found on the OSHA website or in these three flyers: Ready for GHS, GHS Training Overview, OSHA Standards Overview.

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