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GHS HazCom 2012 Fact Sheet
The Training Deadline for Training on the new GHS HazCom 2012 is coming fast!

Over 60 million North American workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces.  And over 6 million businesses will be affected by the new Globally Harmonized System, referred to as GHS, requirements for labeling and the newly formatted Safety Data Sheets (formally Material Safety Data Sheets).  The Hazard Communication Standard covers over 650,000 hazardous chemicals and compounds found in those 6 million businesses.

In 2012, alone, OSHA issued 4,696 citations for Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) violations, mainly due to lack of training, improper labeling, reasonable access to MSDS’s and failure to maintain current copies of correct MSDS’s.  With the extensive changes in the GHS HazCom 2012 Standard, the number of citations will surely rise.  Do not fall behind in your employee training on this important new standard. Let Costech Technologies simplify the training of your employees through our cost effective and easy to understand online training course for GHS HazCom 2012.

This important new standard is expected to save businesses up to $250 million in reduced occupational risks, over $475 million from improvements in productivity, and to prevent 43 workplace fatalities and 585 workplace injuries and illnesses through improved hazard identification of chemicals in your workplace.

The purpose of GHS is to ensure that all chemical hazards are classified and labeled under a universally understood communication system to avoid unnecessary risks to human health and the environment.  Nations throughout the world agreed to harmonize chemical hazard identification under a system developed by the United Nations (UN) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).  This Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals was adopted by consensus in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Security Council.

The old Hazard Communication Standard was referred to as “Right to Know” so the new GHS HazCom 2012 standard is being referred to as “Right to Understand”.  The key elements of the new standard, which is based on hazard classification, include universal pictograms, label formats and standardized Safety Data Sheets.  The deadline for training employees on this new standard is December 1, 2013, but there is a transition period for full implementation as follows:


December 1, 2013Employees must be trained on SDS’s and Labels

June 1, 2015 Compliance with the final rule for SDS’s and Labels

December 1, 2015Distributors must stop shipping products with old Labels

June 1, 2016Update Alternative workplace hazard communication program

You can download the UN GHS Publication from here:   https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html

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