Understanding Chemical Labels Under GHS

Course Description:

By December 1, 2013, employers must train their employees how to read and interpret the new safety data sheets (SDSs). Many employers will go through a phase-in period where both MSDSs and SDSs will be present in the workplace. This situation is acceptable to OSHA, and employers will not be required to maintain two sets of MSDSs and SDSs for compliance purposes. During the training phase-in period, employers are allowed choose to comply with the HazCom standard for MSDSs; the revised HazCom standard for SDSs; or both.
Chemical labeling is the first step in the process of using chemicals safely. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) chemical labeling requirements are part of its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), which is designed to ensure that you can identify and understand hazardous chemical substances in the workplace. HazCom, including chemical labeling, has been aligned with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This training session focuses on the GHS chemical labels.

Course Duration: 17 minutes

Why “Understanding Chemical Labels Under GHS” Matters:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) chemical labeling requirements are part of its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), which is designed to ensure that you can identify and understand hazardous chemical substances in the workplace. HazCom, including chemical labeling, has been aligned with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This training session focuses on the GHS chemical label.

Key Points:

  • The GHS chemical label is designed to keep you safer by standardizing the information presented about a hazardous chemical.
  • Chemical labels provide brief information on the physical and health hazards presented by a chemical. Each component of a chemical label gives different information on how to protect yourself and your co-workers.
    Pictograms graphically describe the hazards of a chemical class.
  • With few exceptions, hazardous chemical containers in your workplace must be labeled.
  • Alternative labeling systems must be compliant with GHS information requirements.

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