The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor has mandated that all Material Safety Data Sheets be updated to comply under the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).  The GHS provides a unified international framework for the creation of labels and data sheets.
 
The new GHS sign shown on the left will replace the old Hazardous Materials poster shown on the right.
 
You will receive training on how to read and interpret all new GHS compliant labels and safety data sheets in your mandated employee training.  If you have any questions regarding this transition, please visit www.osha.gov or contact Freddie Minix.
For more information open the link below to a power point presentation about the SDS. 
Four things you need to know about GRU and Hazard Communication
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1.       SDS - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will become Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
2.       Chemical Labels - The format for labels has changed and will include pictograms
3.       Training - Employees must be trained in these changes
4.       Dates - See the chart below for implementation dates
 
Four (4) Year GHS Compliance Transition Period
 
​May 25, 2012 to
November 30, 2013
All employers that use, handle, store chemicals

Train employees how to read and interpret chemical labels and (material) safety data sheets in compliance with either:

  • The pre-GHS HazCom standard for labels and MSDSs; or
  • The revised HazCom standard with GHS for new-style lables and SDSs; or
  • Both old and new requirements at the same time
​December 1, 2013
All employers that use, handle, store chemicals
​Train employees about the new GHS-complaint chemical labels and SDSs.
​June 1, 2015
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors
​Comply with all requirements of the GHS rule, including classify chemical hazards and prepare new labels and SDSs. Distributors have until December 1, 2015 to comply with the shipping requirements for GHS-compliant labels.
December 1, 2015
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors
​All shipments of chemical containers must include the new GHS-compliant label (signal word, pictogram, hazard statement and precautionary statement).
​June 1, 2016
All employers that use, handle, store
​Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.