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.
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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