Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
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GHS Compliance Effective Dates
|Effective Completion Date||Requirement(s)||Who|
|December 1, 2013||Train employees on the new label elements and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format.||Employers|
|June 1, 2015
||Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:
The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label
|Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers|
|June 1, 2016||Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.||Employers|
|Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above||May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both||All chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers|
The latest news, products, services, training and links relating to the GHS regulations.
"The Purple Book" is the official UN publication and provides a basis for harmonization of rules and regulations on chemicals at national, regional and worldwide levels, an important factor for trade facilitation.
Our Self Teach Guidebook and our New GHS Workplace Implementation Manuals contain helpful tools needed to keep employees up-to-date with the most current workplace labeling systems and to help compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.
- Just HazCom
- Just HazCom and GHS Within OSHA Bundle
- GHS Awareness
- UN Recommendations
- GHS Self-Teach
- New GHS Workplace Implementation Manuals
Our posters and charts clearly explain how GHS is implemented in the workplace and serve as general reminders as well as appealing training aids.
- GHS/WHMIS 2015 Label Requirements Posters
- Hazcom 2012/WHMIS 2015 Information Poster
- GHS Pictograms
- GHS Within OSHA - HazCom 2012
- GHS Training Aids
- GHS Workplace Labeling
ICC offers GHS HazCom training as live in-person, instructor-led webinars and, interactive online training. Choose your way to train.
- GHS General Awareness
- GHS Supervisor/Manager
- GHS Classification
Our pictogram and pure chemical labels are designed specifically to comply with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in both Canada and the US.
- GHS Workplace Labels
- GHS Safety & Lab Labels
- Blank Pictogram Label Stock
- GHS Drum Labels
- GHS Chemical Labels
- Pictogram Labels
- GHS Labeling Services
ICC provides a variety of training supplies for GHS within OSHA, HazCom 2012. We have everything you need to train your employees, self-certify, and keep record of training.
We specialize in compliance. We offer many different services to help you keep up with the changing regulations.
- GHS printers
- GHS compliant SDS authoring
- SDS Management and Distribution
- GHS Labeling Services
- GHS Labeling Software
- Plant Audits
- HazCom Consulting Services
General Information about the GHS regulations
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The Purple Book is the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). It is a recommendation, not a law.
“GHS” is an acronym for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling 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).
GHS affects hazard communication in the workplace. It does not affect the transportation regulations.
Hazard communication standards are in the OSHA regulations, 29 CFR, part 1910.1200
Hazard communication or "hazcom" affects labeling, safety data sheets and training in the workplace. It deals with ensuring employers teach and provide tools to keep employees safe when working with hazardous products in the workplace.