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OSHA Adopts New Global Hazard Communication Standards
 
The United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) approved new regulations regarding hazard communication and has adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS is part of a mandatory global program to harmonize product warnings and labeling for chemicals throughout the world. The advantages of adopting GHS are that product warnings will be more consistent with common identifications, nomenclature and warnings.
 
Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard
 

  • Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
  • Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.

 
Please follow the links below to key OSHA sites where you can find out more on the specifics of the new Hazard Communication Standards.

Links
 
The Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communicationhttps://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/global.html
 
The OSHA GHS SDS Quick Card
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/HazComm_QuickCard_SafetyData.html
 
The OSHA GHS Labelling Quick Card
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/HazComm_QuickCard_Labels.html
 
The OSHA GHS Pictogram Quick Card
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/HazComm_QuickCard_Pictogram.html

 

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