It’s been awhile that changes were made to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard, also known as the ‘right to know’ regulation. GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. It was developed by the United Nations and its goal is to standardize and harmonize the classification and labeling of chemicals to give universally understood warnings to users. The three major areas of impact are:
You now have less than a year to get in compliance with these regulations, and if you fail to do so you can be subject to fines and other penalties. According to OSHA, the deadline for compliance is June 1, 2016. Employers need to have all their workplace labeling procedures in place and the employees trained by this date in order to avoid problems.
The chemical labeling requirements are fairly specific so it is a good idea to learn about them as soon as possible.
The diagram below shows an example of the main elements of a GHS label.
To aid in compliance
Avery has created a new line of UltraDutyTM GHS chemical labels to simplify the labeling update process. As their name suggests, these labels are tough and can withstand chemicals, UV light, water, and extreme temperatures. The adhesive used on the labels is marine-grade, and the labels passed the 90-day sea-water submersion test. In addition, the labels are tear- and scuffresistant, so frequent use will not compromise their integrity.
Avery also makes the label customization and printing process easier and more efficient with its Design & Print GHS Online Wizard, which is provided at no cost. This online application allows users to create customized, professional GHS-compliant labels from templates and print them in-house with a desktop printer. Using Avery’s labels and the GHS Online Wizard not only guarantees that users will be compliant with OSHA’s GHS standards, but it also helps employees identify and track chemicals, and helps companies comply with other labeling standards.
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