Changes to GHS Formatted SDS

Posted on June 09, 2015

OSHA has decided that chemical manufacturers will have to comply with all provisions set forth by the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).  This will present an international approach to hazard communication, classification, labeling and data sheets.

Important Changes:

Classification: OSHA has changed its Hazardous Communication Standard (HSC) to include the GHS. This will increase consistency throughout the globe as importing/exporting countries will be using the same labels and documents.
Labeling: Labels are required to include a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided
Safety Data Sheets: Straying  from the inconsistency of the MSDS requirements, the requirement is now a specific 16-section format Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Predicted Timeline:

June 1, 2015 – reclassification completed and shipping using GHS formatted
December 1, 2015 –all SDSs and labels in the U.S. should adhere to new provisions.
June 1, 2016 – By this date employers should be fully compliant with new regulations

There are a few steps to take to ensure that you are compliant with these changes. The most important are to properly train all pertinent personnel and update your library with the correct chemical classifications. If you have any questions about these steps, or if you would like more information please contact us at