EHS Management

Changes to Hazard Communication Standard in 2012

The GHS amendments will:

  • Modify the criteria for classifying chemical hazards.
  • Standardize signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements for chemical labeling.
  • Prescribe a specified format for material safety data sheets (MSDS) and call them “safety data sheets,” or SDSs
  • Revise the requirements for employee training on chemical labels and safety data sheets to reflect GHS.

It is likely the implementation dates of the various requirements will be phased in over several years.

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