|Revised Hazard Communication Standard
GHS: Chemical Labels and SDS
OSHA changed the Haz Com Standard to incorporate parts of the GHS. The revised standard includes training requirements that must be completed by December 1, 2013.
GHS is the common abbreviation for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 2012. As part of the revision, OSHA adopted the labeling specified in the GHS and formalized the use of a specific format for Safety Data Sheets. OSHA included specific employee training requirements in the revised HCS. Employees must be trained on the following two changes by December 1, 2013
- The new GHS label style and the pictograms it uses.
- The format of the new Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
Safety Meeting Outlines is ready to help. We have prepared a special GHS Supplement to help you train your employees about GHS labels and SDSs. The Supplement is ready.
Complying with OSHA’s GHS training deadline is important. We want to help you get that training done quickly, easily, and effectively. The GHS Supplement includes four special Weekly Safety Meetings and four Quizzes. Two Meetings cover labels (including one Meeting dedicated to the new pictograms), and two Meetings cover the format of the SDSs and what information is in each section. We’ve also created a Quiz for each of these Meetings so that you can demonstrate that your employees actually understand the material you trained on. For more information about the GHS Supplement, please click here
Getting the GHS Supplement is easy. If you subscribe to the Premium Membership version of the Weekly Safety Meetings (delivered by e-mail with Library access) you should have received your copy of the Supplement by e-mail on October 1st. There is no extra charge for the Supplement because you have a Premium Membership. If you subscribe to Select Edition or Standard Subscription, or if you don’t have a subscription, you can purchase the Supplement right now for only $12. After you purchase the Supplement you will be able to download it directly from the website.
OSHA’s website contains the complete, revised Hazard Communication Standard and a great deal of information about the GHS-style Lables, SDSs, and the training requirements.
While much of the information that OSHA publishes can be difficult to read and understand, several of the documents that they have written about the GHS-Style Labels and SDSs are fairly clear and useful. Here are links to the OSHA documents we think will be most helpful to you: