On March 25, 2012, OSHA published a final rule aligning its HazCom Standard, also known as HCS, HazCom and 1910.1200, with the UN’s Third Revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). HazCom covers more than 43 million workers in more than 5 million workplaces, more than 880,000 hazardous chemicals and millions of safety data sheets (SDS), affecting everyone in the hazardous chemical life cycle (OSHA, 2012g). OSHA refers to the revised rule as HazCom 2012 to distinguish it from the iteration it will replace, now referred to as HazCom 1994. The final rule went into effect on May 25, 2012, and encompasses a series of four phased-in compliance deadlines.
OSHA refers to the revised rule as HazCom 2012 to distinguish it from the iteration it will replace, now referred to as HazCom 1994. The final rule went into effect on May 25, 2012, and encompasses a series of four phased-in compliance deadlines.
As these deadlines near, more questions are surfacing for SH&E professionals preparing to comply. The authors and their company have been educating people about HazCom and OSHA’s alignment with GHS for several years, and have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions, which are the focus of this article:
1) What are the biggest changes to HazCom as part of GHS alignment?
2) What are the compliance deadlines?
3) What are the new label requirements?
4) How are MSDS changing?
5) What are the employee training requirements?
6) What do I need to know about SDS authoring?
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