IMPORTANT GHS-COMPLIANCE DATES
COMPLETION DATES REQUIREMENTS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
June 1, 2015

All labels will be required to have Pictograms, a signal word, hazard & precautionary statements, product identifier and supplier identification.

Chemical Manufacturers,
importers
Dec 1, 2015

The distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it has a GHS label.

Distributors, employers
June 1, 2016

Update workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary. Provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both.

Chemical Manufacturers,
importers, distributors, and
employers
What you need to know:
OSHA seeks to harmonize and standardize, on a global level, the classification of chemicals by their corresponding hazards.

On March 26, 2012, OSHA published HCS/HazCom 2012 Final Rule in the Federal Register:
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today.
  • GHS is a world regulation for classifying and communicating chemical hazards using shipping labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS), formerly MSDS.
  • GHS is designed to help workers identify the intrinsic hazards associated with chemicals.
  • GHS conveys detailed information about hazardous ingredients, first aid measures, and proper storage and handling techniques for chemical substances and mixtures.
  • Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs.