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GHS is officially underway. Is your training?

- January 31, 2014 by Thomas Jolliff, ARM, CEES, ALCM (View all posts by Thomas)

On May 25, 2012, OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for

Source: OSHA.gov/dsg/hazcom

chemical labeling.  As part of the new law, employers were given a due date of December 1st, 2013 to train their employees on the new label requirements and the new format for Safety Data Sheets (SDS, formally known as Material Safety Data Sheets). GHS was adopted to align countries in their implementation of the elements of the program, and to simplify the compliance process across the world.  OSHA has specific requirements for employee training that should have been met prior to last December.  This post focuses on the different elements of a GHS label.

What are the elements of a GHS label?

  • Symbols (also called Pictograms) –depict health hazards and any physical or environmental hazards assigned to specific GHS hazard classes and categories.
  • Signal Words – more clearly indicate hazards. The words “danger “and “warning” are used to show the severity of the hazard.
  • Hazard Statements –standardized phrases assigned to specific hazard classes and categories to describe the nature of the hazard.
    • Example: Do not eat, drink or use tobacco when using this product. Wash hands thoroughly after handling.

Additional label elements:

  • Product Identifier (also called ingredient disclosure) – a name or number used for a hazardous product on a label or in the SDS.
  • Supplier Identification – the supplier’s name, phone number and address should be provided on all labels.
  • Supplemental Information – other information related to the product but considered “non-harmonized.”