How familiar are you with OSHA’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and the appropriate compliance dates for the new year? If not very familiar, don’t fear—Aires Consulting is here.
Last year, OSHA issued a new Hazards Communication Standard to align with its GHS. Essentially, the standard dictates that all chemicals must be properly labeled and that any chemical hazards in a workplace must be properly communicated to the employees and workers. While this past December was the deadline for all companies to train their employees on the new label elements, there are still a number of regulation steps coming up in the next few years you should be aware of.
June 1, 2015: Provisions for preparation of new labels and safety data sheets must be compliant with OSHA’s standards.
December 1, 2015: Distributors must distribute all appropriate containers with manufacturers’ labels.
June 1, 2016: Employers must update their hazard communications programs and any additional workplace signs.
In the end, the standard requires that all chemical manufacturers must label any hazardous chemicals and materials with appropriate information, such as product identity, signal words, hazard statement, pictograms, precautionary statements, and any contact information of the chemical manufacturer or importer. Therefore, all employees should be able to understand the chemicals they are working with.
Why wait until the last minute, then, to comply with these new standards? We encourage you to get started if you already haven’t—and contact us for any help!