OSHA announced on March 20, 2012, a final rule updating OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Employers must start training to understand the new label elements and Safety Data Sheets format by December 1, 2013.
How this affects you:
Employers must train workers on the new label elements and SDS format by December 1, 2013. Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers must comply with all modified provisions of the final rule by June 1, 2015. However, distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015. By June 1, 2016, employers must update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs as necessary, and provide additional worker training for new identified physical and health hazards. During this transition period, all chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers may comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), the current standard or both.
For PMPA’s GHS Compliance Fact Sheet, visit: short.productionmachining.com/hcs
Or for the OSHA Guide to GHS, visit: short.productionmachining.com/ghs