The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing a new system for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to labels and safety data sheets. OSHA is requiring that employees are trained on the new labels (e.g., pictograms and signal words) and Safety Data Sheet format.
You may begin to receive products that have the new GHS label and SDS format soon, so it’s important to ensure that employees are familiar with these new communication tools.
CLMI’s exciting new “GHS Labels and Safety Data Sheets” training program will help your employees:
Understand the new GHS label elements
Identify the new GHS pictograms
Read and interpret the new GHS Safety Data Sheets
Globally Harmonized Systems in Depth
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). These changes are now underway as the HCS aligns with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals utilized around the world. These revisions are significant and affect all employers who manufacture, distribute, store and use chemicals.
It is estimated that over 5 million workplaces in the United States will be affected by the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). These are all those workplaces where employees - a total of approximately 43 million of them - could be exposed to hazardous chemicals.
OSHA anticipates that these changes will make the work place much safer, because the universal classification and labeling system will make it easier for everyone to understand the proper handling procedures and uses for all chemicals. As a result, trade barriers should be reduced and American businesses that deal with hazardous chemicals should see increased productivity at a higher cost savings.
The GHS is a worldwide initiative that addresses communication through a standardized labeling system of hazardous elements and safety data sheets.
The system offers set criteria in regards to the health, physical and environmental hazards associated with chemical use and storage.
Standardized labeling provides easy to follow pictograms and signal words that warn people about the potential danger associated with the products.
Standardization should remove confusion as chemicals are imported and exported around the world. Without a system of standardized warning labels and symbols, it caused a lot of dangerous confusion for the workers handling the materials. The new system will help deter chemical related injuries or misunderstandings.
Key provisions of the revised Hazard Communication Standard include:
Hazard classification: The will be a new system and set criteria for classifying the hazardous properties of chemicals. This classification system offers very specific instructions as to the classification of any and all health and physical hazards in additional to mixtures’ classifications.
Labels: Under the new labeling system all chemical importers and manufacturers will be expected to utilize labels that include a signal word, pictogram and hazard statement from the new harmonized system.
Safety Data Sheets: Detailed chemical safety information will be required and must follow a uniform 16-section format.
Information and Training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new GHS label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding. This is required to aid in the recognition and understanding of these important changes.
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