This GHS infographic breaks down the changes that can be expected from an MSDS to a GHS transition. Transitioning to a Globally Harmonized System ensures that chemical communication is can be universally recognized using Safety Data Sheets, chemical labels, and pictograms. According to OSHA, Hazard communication is addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and the construction industry.
According to OSHA, these major standard changes include:
- Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for the classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
- Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
- Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.
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