NEW GHS / Hazcom Training Materials

Hazard Communication Safety

New 2012 changes to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) are bringing the U.S. into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), improving safety and health protections for America's workers. These new revisions to OSHA's current Hazard Communication Standard, the GHS is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives and improve trade conditions for chemical manufacturers. The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the 'right to know,' but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the 'right to understand.'

The new Hazard Communication Standard still requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to employers and workers by putting labels on containers and preparing safety data sheets. However, the old standard allowed chemical manufacturers and importers to convey hazard information on labels and material safety data sheets in whatever format they chose. The modified standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard:

  • Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import. Hazard classification under the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
  • Safety Data Sheets: The new format requires 16 specific sections, ensuring consistency in presentation of important protection information.
  • Information and training: To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements. (See training kits below)

What you need to do and when:

  • Chemical users: Continue to update safety data sheets when new ones become available, provide training on the new label elements and update hazard communication programs if new hazards are identified.
  • Chemical Producers: Review hazard information for all chemicals produced or imported, classify chemicals according to the new classification criteria, and update labels and safety data sheets.
Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who
December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format. Employers
June 1, 2015

December 1, 2015
Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:

Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015.
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers

To help employers to comply with these new regulations, National Safety Compliance will be providing updated products that are produced specifically for this new Hazard Communication Standard. All products are expected to be available to ship by April 15, 2012.

SDS Binders, Wire Racks & Right-to-Know Centers

Item Description
NB-MSDS-1.5 Binder for SDS Sheets - 1.5" Rings - English $11.00
NB-MSDS-1.5S Binder for SDS Sheets - 1.5" Rings - Bilingual English/Spanish $11.00
NB-MSDS-3 Binder for SDS Sheets - 3" Rings - English $16.00
NB-Chain-36 Attachment Chain for SDS Binder - 36" with S-hooks $3.00
NB-Dividers-AZ A-Z Index Dividers for SDS Binder $4.00
WR-Yellow Wire Rack for SDS Binder (Includes Drywall Mounting Hardware) $18.00
RTKC03 Budget Right-To-Know Center with Wire Rack & Binder 1.5" $26.00
RTKC03-3 Budget Right-To-Know Center with Wire Rack & Binder 3" $31.00
RTKC03S Budget Right-To-Know Center w/ Wire Rack & Binder - 1.5" - Bilingual $26.00
RTKC01 Economy Right-To-Know Center-Red Sign w/ Wire Rack & Binder 1.5" $49.00
RTKC01S Economy Right-To-Know Center-Red Sign w/ Wire Rack & Binder 1.5"- Bilingual
RTKC01-3 Economy Right-To-Know Center-Red Sign w/ Wire Rack & Binder - 3"