Global Harmonization System – Hazard Communication Changes

Don’t forget, Employees will be required to receive information and training on the new GHS System labeling and Safety Data Sheets by Dec 1, 2013.

CDMS can provide on site or online video options to meet this new training requirement.  Contact us to find out more about the most economical and effective way to address the requirements for your facility.

What is GHS

The GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The GHS is an international system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labelling of chemicals.

It is a logical and comprehensive approach to:

?       Defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals;

?       Creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and

?       Communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Who does it Affected

?       Companies that use chemicals as part of the work activities

?       Companies that manufacture, import, and distribute chemicals

What are the Requirements

Who: Employers

Effective Completion Date: December 1, 2013

Requirement(s): Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format.

 

Who: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers

Effective Completion Date: June 1, 2015 & December 1, 2015

Requirement(s):  Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:

Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015.

 

Who: All 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: All chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers

Effective Completion Date: transition period

Requirement(s):  Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard), or the current standard, or both.

 

 

Select this link to find out more about the our training or to convert your MSDSs to the new format SDS.

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