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GHS Update | OSHA Publishes Final Rule to the Federal Register

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WASHINGTON OSHA's final ruling on the Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) in alliance with the UN's Globally Harmonized Communication System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), was published in the Federal Register March 26, 2012, and will take effect in 60 days. The new standard is expected to significantly improve health and safety for nearly 45 million workers, who manufacture or use chemicals by preventing illness, injury and death with its' "Right to Understand" mantra.

Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard will affect Hazard Classification, Labeling, Safety Data Sheets, as well as Training. New criteria have been established for Hazard Classification in order to address physical hazards of chemicals, and chemical mixtures. The GHS Labeling standard requires that all hazards are communicated properly in an easy to understand format using signal words, pictograms, hazard statements and a precautionary statement for individual hazard classes and categories. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) will now require a 16-section format, and It is further mandated that all GHS Training must be completed by December 1, 2013.

Under GHS, employers will need to continue to update safety data sheets, offer training that will cover the new label requirements, and if new hazards are identified update their Hazard Communication Programs. Chemical Manufacturers will now be required to assess all hazards related to chemicals they import or manufacture. Manufacturers will have to abide by the new GHS classification criteria and update their labels and safety data sheets.

GHS was introduced in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). GHS has already been implemented in several countries around the world, including in Japan, China, New Zealand and the European Union (EU), and is about to be deployed in the United States.

ICC Compliance Center offers a wide variety of GHS ready products and services such as: training, publications, posters/charts, labeling solutions, workplace safety signs, and much more. With 188 years of regulatory experience, we have resources and knowledge that you can rely on to help you through the transition.

Please call ICC's regulatory/GHS helpline, at (855) 734-5469 or our Customer Service Department in the US (888) 442-9628 and Canada at (888) 977-4834 to learn more. Fill out this form for more info.

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