GHS Hazard Communication
Starting in 2013, OSHA began the phased implementation of new a Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Under the new rules, workers must be trained to understand and apply GHS-compliant labels and safety data sheets (SDSs), and chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers must label have GHS-compliant labels and SDSs for their products. The new GHS HCS rules are intended to ensure that workers understand and can identify any potential hazards associated with the use of or exposure to chemical materials in the workplace. Although the general premise of the standard has not changed, the types of hazards identified and the way those hazards are communicated has. The revisions to OSHA's standard aim to ensure that true potential hazards are identified, helping to minimize workplace complacency associated with the over-warning that accompanied the previous material safety data sheet (MSDS).
GHS Implementation Dates
November 2009 OSHA issues notice of proposed rulemaking to update its Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
March 2012 Final HCS revision published in the Federal Register. Chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers may begin using new GHS-compliant labels.
Dec. 1, 2013 Workers must be trained to understand and apply GHS-compliant labels and the new safety data sheet (SDS) format.
June 1, 2015 Chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers must have all product labels and SDSs in the GHS format.
Dec. 1, 2015 Products with old labels may no longer be shipped.
June 1, 2016 Workplace labeling and HCS programs must be fully in line with GHS. Additional worker training for newly identified physical or health hazards may be required.
To aid asphalt pavement mix producers in ensuring their compliance with GHS HCS rules, NAPA has developed several materials and associated guidance, including an employee training tool.
- Get Ready for GHS
- GHS Compliance Training Module
- Guidance: Complying With GHS HazCom Requirements for Safety Data Sheets
- SDS Distribution Under OSHA's new Hazard Communication Standard
- Appropriate Markings on Storage Tanks and Containers for Asphalt Cement and Other Liquids
Additional information and resources can be found on OSHA's Hazard Communications microsite.