Way back in March 2013, we blogged about a new chemical safety standard from OSHA aiming to improve the quality and consistency of hazard information. Modification of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will conform with the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and establish consistent labels and safety data sheets for all chemicals made in the United States and imported from abroad.
The first deadline in the phase-in period for this regulation is coming up. Employers are required to train employees on the new label elements such as pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words and safety data sheet (SDS) format by December 1, 2013. Read More