OSHA’s Final GHS Rule PublishedApril 10, 2012 No Comments
OSHA officials held a press teleconference on March 20 and announced a final rule updating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard. To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals and help American businesses compete in a global economy, OSHA has revised the Hazard Communication Standard so that it is in alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals!
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.
Below are the phase-in dates required under the revised Hazard Communication Standard:
1. December 1, 2013 - Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format.
2. 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.
To help you understand the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals and the new changes to the Hazard Communication standard we’ve put together the following four-step course of study:
- Read OSHA’s GHS summary page . This has an outline of the major changes and FAQs.
- Review OSHA’s GHS final rule (858 pages)!
- Order a free copy of Graphic Products 9-page booklet entitled “Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification“.
- Attend Graphic Products’ free, 30-minute webinar entitled “GHS Is Coming – Are You Ready” This webinar will be offered on May 3.
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