Price-Driscoll is working
to comply with the revised OSHA Hazard Communication standard that is based on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
We will be fully implemented by
June 1, 2015 based on the OSHA requirements for manufacturers. Price-Driscoll
is dependent upon information from our suppliers in order to provide GHS
compliant information and reclassify our products according to the new OSHA GHS
criteria. We will work with our
suppliers and customers to address short term issues and requests leading up to
the compliance dates.
New changes to the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard
are bringing the United States
into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and
Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections
The new hazard
communication standard still requires chemical manufacturers and importers to
evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to
employers and workers by putting labels on containers and preparing safety data
sheets. However, the old standard
allowed chemical manufacturers and importers to convey hazard information on
labels and material safety data sheets in whatever format they chose. The modified standard provides a single set
of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and
physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and
safety data sheets.
Major Changes to the Hazard Communication Standard:
Chemical manufacturers and
importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce
or import. Hazard classification under
the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and
physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
Chemical manufacturers and
importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard
statement and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
Safety Data Sheets:
The new format requires 16
specific sections, ensuring consistency in presentation of important protection
What you need to do and when:
Chemical users: Continue to
update safety data sheets when new ones become available, provide training on
the new label elements and update hazard communication programs if new hazards
Chemical producers: Review
hazard information for all chemicals produced or imported, classify chemicals
according to the new classification criteria and update labels and safety data
Dates of Effective Completion:
employees on the new label elements and SDS
6/1/15 Comply with
all modified provisions of this final rule.
(Chemical manufacturers, importers,
may ship products labeled by manufacturers
the old system until December 1, 2015.
6/1/16 Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication
as necessary and provide additional employee training
newly identified physical or health hazards. (Employers)
with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard),
the current standard, or both.
(All chemical manufacturers,
importers, distributors, employers)
information on the hazard communication standard, including the link to the
Federal Register notice, can be found on
OSHA’s hazard communication
and health topics page at www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html