Manufacturers Must Adopt the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

by Cynthia Nutwell

The deadline for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) requirements for identifying hazardous chemicals with the Globally Harmonized System of Labeling and Classifying Chemicals (GHS) is quickly approaching.

By June 1, 2015, manufacturers must comply with OSHA regulations for labeling to further improve safety and health protections for American workers. Distributors may ship product labeled by manufacturer under the old system until December 15, 2015.

FASTSIGNS® provides Globally Harmonized System of Labeling and Classifying Chemicals (GHS) labels to meet OSHA requirements for identifying hazardous chemicals for the safety and health of workers.

The new label format on hazardous chemicals for manufacturing includes:

  • Product Identifier: Chemical name, product name or other unique identifier
  • Supplier Identification: Name, address and phone of chemical manufacturer, importer or other responsible party
  • Pictograms: Identifies the hazards of a chemical with a pictogram depicting a black symbol on white background within a red border
  • Signal Words: Indicates the level of severity of hazard and alert to potential hazard on the label with signal words “danger” (more severe) and “warning” (less severe).
  • Hazard Statement: Describes the nature and degree of hazard and assigns a hazard class and category
  • Precautionary Statement: Describes recommended measures to minimize or prevent adverse effects from exposure to hazardous chemicals or improper storage or handling of hazardous chemical.
Signal words: Warning or Danger based on the level of risk
Signal words: Warning or Danger based on the level of risk
Example GHS label
Example GHS label
Hazard Pictograms
Hazard Pictograms

Find a FASTSIGNS center in your area to create labels.

Resources:
OSHA Fact Sheet on Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule
https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html

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