GHS

  • The History of GHS Classification

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    As the world is currently focused on the World Cup and its host country, Brazil, it's interesting to note that Brazil was also the site of the creation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). More than 20 years later, implementation of GHS, an internationally recognized system for the classification and labeling, continues. In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known Read More

  • Recent Quarry Fire - Could New GHS Labeling Have Prevented It?

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    On January 30, 2014 a quarry in Branford, CT, near the Seton headquarters, experienced a fire that caused the evacuation of several hundred people in a one-mile area surrounding the quarry. Local fire officials claimed that employees of the quarry had accidentally started the fire by burning cardboard in which explosives had once been stored. The fire was expected to smolder for several days due to other combustible materials Read More

  • GHS Training Program: Catch Up with the New GHS Standards

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    The deadline for training employees about the new standards of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) was December 1, 2013. If your company hasn’t done this yet, you should come up with a plan for meeting this requirement. If you manufacture, supply and use chemicals, then you should become familiar with GHS per  OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200, as Read More

  • A Short Primer on GHS and HazCom Labels

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    Regular readers of this blog would know we take the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or GHS quite seriously as evidenced by our previous articles dedicated to the subject. However, these articles were focused on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s push for Read More

  • December 1 – The First GHS Deadline: A Recap

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    For those of you who have been keeping up with the latest compliance news (as well as our blog), you already know that December 1 was the first deadline for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) push to integrate the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard or HazCom with the UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or GHS. As Read More

  • GHS Compliance by December 1, 2013: Are you Ready?

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    On March 26, 2012 the Federal Register published the final rule, moving OSHA’s existing Hazard Communication Standard to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals; also known as GHS. GHS provides a standardized approach, including detailed criteria for determining what hazardous effects a chemical poses, ultimately improving the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace. This will enhance both employer and Read More

  • Standardizing Workplace Safety with GHS Labels

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    Designed to conveniently unify labeling standards The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as part of its objective to uphold workplace safety, requires employers to implement a labeling system for the hazardous materials in their facility. Safety labels used for this purpose are a simple yet effective means to warn individuals about health and safety risks on the job.  One of Read More

  • Taking GHS to the Next Level

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    The Global Harmonized System is something that OSHA has adopted and will continue to push for years to come. Since all companies will be required to adopt this system into their processes, it might be good to think about what you need to do to fully take advantage of the system. Training your people about GHS and putting up Read More

  • GHS in Focus: What You Need to Know and Do

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    The Global Harmonized System (GHS) has been in the hopper for years now. For those who don’t know what this is and haven’t been following this development, you should know that this new system essentially supersedes the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard in the US. It also replaces other standards which dictate how hazardous chemicals have to be dealt with and labeled. This new standard ensures that no matter Read More

  • HazCom: What You Need to Know About Compliance

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    Right to Know posters to maintain a safe facility. Over the past few years, one of the most violated safety regulations is hazard communication (HazCom). From the report announced by the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded more than 4,000 violations and over $10.1 million worth Read More

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