OSHA’S Hazard Communication System Revised

California workers have until December 1, 2013 to train all workers on the new labels and format for safety data sheets.

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has aligned with Globally Harmonized System of Globalization and Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in order to make the classifying and labeling of chemicals and safety data sheets more cohesive and consistent.

Training for employees on the new labels must include:

  • Product Identifiers:  How to identify the hazardous chemical, including the name, code or batch number.
  • Alert Words:  Use words that convey the severity of the hazard and include “warning” and “danger.”
  • Pictograms:  The symbols that classify the hazards.
  • Hazard Descriptions:  They describe the nature and degree of the hazard.

For more information, please visit the OSHA website.

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