We’re Ready When OSHA Is!

ICC is ready for GHS

In January 2011, OSHA proposed that in August of this year, they would publish the final rule to align the current Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The more recent DOL Spring semi-annual regulatory agenda released in June revisits the scheduling of the release of the HCS revision to an unspecified date in September of this year. September has now come and gone, and we are still without a final rule from OSHA.

This leads to the question of “If not now, then when?”. It is probably a safe assumption that OSHA’s lack of implementation of GHS to date will be a major topic of discussion at the October 1st – 5th Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) fall conference in Washington, DC. Many health and safety professionals, myself included, will be impatiently waiting for word of a revised deadline.

At ICC, we have been preparing for the new requirements so that we are ready when OSHA is. Updates and products related to GHS can be found on our website at: https://www.thecompliancecenter.com/regulations/ghs.htm

Emily Walter

Emily Walter

Emily has over 10 years’ experience in hazardous materials/dangerous goods training and specializes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG, OSHA Hazcom and the GHS regulations. Recently, Emily has taken on the responsibility of overseeing ICC’s packaging department. Emily also assists in the health and safety services department by authoring safety data sheets and creating label text for customers. Her expertise extends to US OSHA Hazcom 1994 and 2012, Canadian Hazardous Products Act/Controlled Products Regulations (WHMIS) and Canada Consumer Chemicals and Container Regulations. Emily is active with the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), recently speaking at ChemEdge along with other industry meetings regarding the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and OSHA Hazcom 2012.