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Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

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OSHA HazCom 2012 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

December 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

WHMIS 2015 Compliance Effective Dates

Phases Timing Suppliers Employers1
Manufacturers and Importers Distributors
Phase 1 From coming-into-force to May 31, 2018 Comply with CPR or HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements Consult FPT OSH regulator
Phase 2 From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 Comply with HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements
Phase 3 From September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 Comply with HPR requirements Comply with HPR requirements Comply with CPR or HPR requirements
Completion December 1, 2018 Comply with HPR requirements Comply with HPR requirements Comply with HPR requirements
Footnote 1

Consult appropriate FPT OHS regulator to confirm requirements and transition timing.

The latest news, products, services, training and links relating to the GHS regulations.

ICC's GHS HazCom Publications

"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.

GHS HazCom posters by ICC

Our posters and charts clearly explain how GHS is implemented in the workplace and serve as general reminders as well as appealing training aids.

    Poster topics:
  • 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




GHS HazCom Training Cby ICC

ICC offers GHS HazCom training as live in-person, instructor-led webinars and, interactive online training. Choose your way to train.

    GHS Training Classes:
  • GHS General Awareness
  • GHS Supervisor/Manager
  • GHS Classification

WHMIS 2015 Training »
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GHS HazCom Labeling

Our pictogram and pure chemical labels are designed specifically to comply with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in both Canada and the US.

ICC's GHS HazCom Training Supplies

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.

ICC GHS HazCom Labeling and SDS services

We specialize in compliance. We offer many different services to help you keep up with the changing regulations.

General Information about the GHS regulations

Want to learn about how WHMIS will be affected by GHS? Click Here »

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:

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.


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