WHAT IS GHS?
OSHA’s implementation of the Global Harmonization Standard (GHS) is not something to ignore. The Hazard Communication Standard was created in 1983 and has gone relatively unchanged until recently. Becoming compliant is not an option, it’s the law!
WHY DID OSHA IMPLEMENT GHS?
The goal of GHS is to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals. The U.S.Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its Hazard Communication Standard, aligning it with the United Nations’ global chemical labeling system. The new standard is expected to prevent an estimated 43 deaths and will result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year.
WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY NEED TO DO?
Compliance will vary for each company. Contact an LSCI safety professional today to help your company evaluate what you need to do to be compliant.
Further information for workers, employers, and downstream users of hazardous chemicals can be reviewed at OSHA’s Hazard Communication Safety and Health topics page, which includes links to OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard and guidance materials such as Q and A’s, an OSHA fact sheet, and Quick Cards.