The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) regulations are being implemented around the globe – in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, among other continents and countries.
OSHA published an updated Hazard Communications standard in March 2012. The new standard incorporates the major elements of the GHS. A three year transitional period is expected, which will allow companies to have enough time to fully implement the new standards in their facilities
Starting in January 2014, manufacturers, distributors, and employers working with, storing or transporting chemicals in the U.S. must train their employees or face possible fines from OSHA.
December 1, 2013 – Employees Trained
June 1, 2015 – Comply with modified provisions
December 1, 2015 – Can no longer ship products with old labels
June 1, 2016 – Update workplace labeling
5 Steps to Hazard Communication Compliance
1.Develop a written Hazard Communication plan.
2.Inventory all hazardous chemicals.
3.Establish and maintain a complete library of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
4.Label all containers, pipes and tanks.
5.Train your workforce.