OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012.
The revised HCS standard contains new requirements for hazardous chemical labeling. The HCS also includes a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). Employers must provide training on the new label elements and the SDS format by December 1, 2013.
GHS has more structured requirements for labeling including a product identifier, signal word, hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s), and pictogram(s). All hazardous chemicals shipped after June 1, 2015, must be labeled with the GHS required elements. The information contained in the SDS is largely the same as the MSDS, except that SDSs are required to be presented in a consistent, 16-section format. SDSs must be provided in the standard GHS format by June 1, 2015.
News, fact sheets and other information can be found on the OSHA website’s Hazard Communication page: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html.
For more information or for assistance with your GHS training program, please contact Colleen Walsh at (508) 970-0033 ext. 129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.