GHS

  • GHS Update: Next Deadline Just Months Away

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    After the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) training deadline of December 2013, companies likely thought they had met all of the requirements regarding the new GHS regulations. But the training deadline was just the beginning.  The next prominent GHS deadline is now around the corner. By June 1, 2015, all chemicals must be shipped with GHS-approved labels. This applies to chemical Read More

  • GHS Update: The Next Deadline is Almost Here

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    The implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) has been on the minds of employers, chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors for quite some time. All of these stakeholders have been working to get this standardized process of labeling elements and safety data sheets in place. Throughout 2013, employers were focused on meeting a December 1, 2013 deadline to provide employee training on Read More

  • 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

  • Hazard Communication: An Overview

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    Learn the Basics of GHS A Louisiana food processing plant was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on June 18, 2014, for allegedly exposing employees to levels of carbon monoxide that were at least four times above the permissible exposure limit. Additionally, the company received two serious violations for failing to develop and implement a written hazard communication program 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

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