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GHS Updates

Be sure to update your library of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for the chemicals handled in your facility. All chemical manufacturers are now required to use the new labeling and SDS format established under Globally Harmonized System (GHS) criteria for classifying the health and physical hazards of the chemicals they produce. Your employees must be trained on these new label requirements and SDS format.

Q: When can I expect to see the new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format required under GHS? A: If you haven’t seen the updated SDS format already, you will soon. Chemical manufacturers must comply with all final GHS rule provisions, including the revised SDS format, by June 1, 2015. End users who receive the new SDSs are required to update their existing MSDS/SDS with the current version.

Q: What should I do during the GHS transition period? A: Full implementation of GHS is taking place over four phase-in dates from Dec. 1, 2013 to June 1, 2016. During the transition, it’s important to understand the basics of the Hazard Communication Standard, and start familiarizing your employees with the new SDS format and label changes. Employers should expect to see a mix of old, new and hybrid SDS formats arriving during the next year. You can prepare for this change by taking a couple of simple steps. First, assign someone to manage and take ownership of this changeover in your facility. Second, update your current inventory of hazardous chemicals so you know what is present on site and what needs to be replaced as new SDSs arrive.
Label Changes

Under HazCom 1994, labels were performance-based; chemical manufacturers and distributors decided what to put on them. OSHA then determined if the labels were compliant based on how they performed in the workplace. Under HazCom 2012, OSHA prescribes label information based on six standardized elements:

1. Product identifier: Same identifier found on safety data sheet

2. Supplier information: Name, address and phone number of responsible party

3. Pictogram(s): Black hazard symbol on white background with red diamond border

4. Signal word: Must use either “Danger” or “Warning,” depending upon hazards

5. Hazard statement(s): Declarative statement regarding nature or degree of hazard

6. Precautionary statement(s): Descriptions of appropriate prevention, storage, response and spill measures

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