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   Implementation Plans for GHS Compliance at Price-Driscoll Corp.

    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.

 OSHA Information:

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 for America’s workers.

 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:

 Hazard classification:

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.

Labels:

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 information.

 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 are identified.

 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 sheets.

 

 Dates of Effective Completion:

   Date                 Requirement                            

12/1/13   Train employees on the new label elements and SDS

                 format. (Employers)

 6/1/15   Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule.

                (Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, employers)

12/1/15   Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers

                 under the old system until December 1, 2015.

 6/1/16   Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication

                program as necessary and provide additional employee training

                for newly identified physical or health hazards. (Employers)   

 Transition

 Period     Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard),

                or the current standard, or both.

            (All chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, employers)

 

  For Additional Information:              

  More information on the hazard communication standard, including the link to the

 Federal Register notice, can be found on OSHA’s hazard communication

 safety and health topics page at www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html

       

 

  

  

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