Modification of the Hazard Communication Standard to conform with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System

The change from the current Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the new United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a change that we at Custom-Pak Products have been anticipating and working toward for some time. On March 22, 2012 OSHA passed the law that will begin the changes to conform with the GHS.  This change will affect all product labels that Custom-Pak Products applies to the products we produce including aerosols, brush in lid containers, paint pens, and all specialty containers.

According to the OSHA quickcards, OSHA has updated the requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under HCS. As of June 1, 2015, all labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification.  Supplemental information can also be provided on the label as needed.  According to OSHA’s fact sheet this change will:

  • Improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive;
  • Enhance worker comprehension of hazards, especially for low and limited-literacy workers, reduce confusion in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and result in safer handling and use of chemicals;
  • Provide workers quicker and more efficient access to information on the safety data sheets;
  • Result in cost savings to American businesses of more than $475 million in productivity improvements, fewer safety data sheet and label updates and simpler new hazard communication training: and
  • Reduce trade barriers by harmonizing with systems around the world.

For more information visit http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html for some other great information.

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