Hazcom with GHS

What is Hazcom?
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 1910.1200, was first adopted in 1983 in the United States. It gives employees working around hazardous chemicals the right to know of possible dangers and how to protect themselves

In 1987 it was expanded to cover all industries where employees are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals stored or used in the workplace. The Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to disclose toxic and hazardous substances in the workplaces.  

What is Hazcom with GHS?
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Revised standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard.

What are some of the Changes?

December 1, 2013
All employees must be trained on new GHS labeling elements and SDS format.

June 1, 2015
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers must be in compliance with all elements of the new rule (except that chemicals with “old” labeling may be shipped until December 1, 2015.)

December 1, 2015
All chemicals shipped from manufacturers or distributors must have GHS labeling.

June 1, 2016
Employers must update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. During the transition period, employers may comply with either the current Hazcom standard or the new final rule.

  • There will be 9 different classes
  • Different classification criteria
  • New supplier labels
  • New pictograms
  • New 16 section product safety data sheets (SDS’s)

Improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace Make is safer for workers providing easy and understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals  

Who needs Hazcom training?
Anyone who directly handles or has the potential to come in contact with any hazardous chemical in a workplace needs to be provided
Hazcom training.

When does Hazcom with GHS come into effect?
Hazcom with GHS were published in the Federal register on March 26, 2012 and employee training was to be completed by December 1st 2013.
If your employees have not been trained, they must be immediately to be in compliance.



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