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Safety Tip Tuesdays – GHS Labeling

Are your employees aware of the GHS labeling system?  They need to be by the end of this year.

Labeling requirements under the revised Hazard Communication Standard are more specific, with the information that must be provided on the label for each hazard class and category specified according to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  This information includes pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, and precautionary statements.  There are nine pictograms under the GHS to convey hazards, however the final HCS does not require the environmental pictogram, as environmental hazards are outside of OSHA’s jurisdiction.  All pictograms consist of a white background and red diamond border.   It is important to note that transportation pictograms and hazard pictograms should not be confused.  The transportation pictograms will remain the same, with different the sizes and backgrounds.  All employees need to be trained on labels and SDSs by December 1, 2013 in accordance with the Hazard Communication Standard.

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