OSHA Adopts New GHS Chemical Labeling Standard

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On March 23, 2012, OSHA adopted a new Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard. This “new” chemical labeling standard is part of the 20-year-old world-wide effort to standardize the way chemical hazard information is communicated. It is known as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). You can view the Fact Sheet here and read all about the details on the OSHA website.

The new standard has big implications for every company that stores and handles chemicals. It requires new labelling and new Safety Data Sheets  (SDS) for every chemical on site. The new colored labels require new signal words as well as new standardized images. The new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) replace the current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and contain additional information and new images as well.

If you need help with the transition, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have the methodology, expertise and software tools to help make it as painless as possible.

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