Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the hazard communication standard (HazCom 2012) in May 2012 to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

GHS requires chemical manufacturers and importers to provide a label on all shipped hazardous chemical containers. Each label must contain a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.

HazCom 2012 Major Requirements

Hazard Classification

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 are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

The new standardized format requires 16 specific sections, ensuring consistency in the presentation of important protection information.

Information and Training

In addition to existing training requirements, the new HazCom 2012 standard requires that all employers train their workers on the label elements and standardized safety data sheet (SDS) format.

All HazCom 2012 changes that impact chemical employers, manufacturers, importers and distributors were phased by June 1, 2016.

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