OSHA’s Dec. 1 GHS Training Deadline Looms – Time Running Out

Employers covered by OSHA's newly revised Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012) are running out of time to meet the Dec. 1, 2013 deadline for training their employees on the changes to chemical labels and safety data sheets. In less than a month, OSHA expects workers exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace to have been trained on new formats OSHA adopted for labels on shipped containers of chemicals and the accompanying safety data sheets.

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The new formats come from the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, a model hazard communication system developed by the United Nations. For labels, the new format includes six standardized elements:

  1. Product Identifier
  2. Supplier Information
  3. Signal Word
  4. Hazard Pictograms
  5. Hazard Statements
  6. Precautionary Statements

On the safety data sheet side, format changes include a strict ordering of 16 standardized sections:

  1. Identification
  2. Hazard(s) Identification
  3. Composition/Ingredient Information
  4. First-Aid Measures
  5. Fire-Fighting Measures
  6. Accidental Release Measures
  7. Handling and Storage
  8. Exposure Control/ Personal Protection
  9. Physical & Chemical Properties
  10. Stability & Reactivity
  11. Toxicological Information
  12. Ecological Information
  13. Disposal Considerations
  14. Transport Information
  15. Regulatory Information
  16. Other Information

In addition to these changes, OSHA expects employees to be trained on understanding the ways the safety data sheets and labels work together and how information flows from one to the other.