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December 1, 2013- Employers must train employees on the new label elements and SDS format.
June 1, 2015 - Chemical manufacturers must comply with all final rule provisions of the regulation.
December 1, 2015- Chemical distributors must ship containers using GHS-compliant labels.
June 1, 2016-Employers must update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.
The globally harmonized system will have tremendous effects on the chemical data management industry. As OSHA Hazard Communication Standards move toward complying with the globally harmonized system, it is important to maintain MSDSs that are compliant with the GHS regulations. Regulatory revisions will call for MSDS authoring in both content and format of current Material Safety Data Sheets as the GHS regulations are implemented throughout the US.
A major problem faced by the chemical industry worldwide is the inconsistency between national and regional systems for chemical classification. In 2003, the United Nations (UN) adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
A global harmonization system is intended to replace these multiple systems with one uniform system that all parties have adopted. The GHS regulations provide a basis for synchronization of Material Safety Data Sheets by specifying rules and regulations on hazardous materials at national, regional and worldwide levels.
The GHS standard covers over 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country. The modification is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually. Once fully implemented it will also:
- Enhance worker comprehension of hazards, especially for low and limited-literacy workers, reduce confusion in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and result in safer handling and use of chemicals;
- Provide workers quicker and more efficient access to information on the safety data sheets;
- Result in cost savings to American businesses of more than $475 million in productivity improvements, fewer safety data sheet and label updates and simpler new hazard communication training; and
What is the GHS? The GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labelling of chemicals. It is a logical and comprehensive approach to:
- Defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals;
- Creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and
- Communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
- The term "chemical" is broadly used by GHS to include substances, products, mixtures, preparations, or any other term that may be used by existing systems.
- Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import. Hazard classification under the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and a precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
- Safety Data Sheets: The new format requires 16 specific sections, ensuring consistency in presentation of important protection information. The terminology for MSDS will now be SDS.
- Information and training: To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements