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Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
New HazCom Labeling Poster
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The final revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2012.
This revision will align the HCS with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The major changes caused by this revision include:
- 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.
For more information on the HCS/GHS revision, including text of the revised standard and answers to frequently asked questions, visit:
Related safety program areas
- Hazardous materials in transportation
- Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories (Laboratory Standard)
Reference material, files, and websites
- Info Sheet #2: Flammable (and Combustible) Liquids. January, 2010. Produced by SCHC-OSHA Alliance GHS Information Sheet Workgroup
- "GHS and its impact on laboratory safety"; Robert H. Hill Jr.; Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, July-August 2010, Pages 5-11
- "Optimizing your company's GHS deployment"; Luc Seguin; Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 16, Issue 4, July-August 2009, Pages 5-9
- "OSHA Standards and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals"; David Rainer; Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 17, Issue 3, May-June 2010, Pages 35-36
REFERENCE MATERIAL FOR THIS WEBPAGE
- DSG Standards and Guidance Update; OSHA; March 24, 2011; http://www.osha.gov/dsg/downloads/dsg_update.ppt
This publication was prepared for environmental, health and safety staff at University of Wisconsin System campuses, to assist in finding resources and information for regulatory compliance. It is not intended to render legal advice.
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