The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for the classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. The GHS was negotiated in a multi-year process by hazard communication experts from many different countries, international organizations, and stakeholder groups. It is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and the chemical classification and labeling systems of other US agencies.
The result of this negotiation process is the United Nations’ document entitled “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals,” commonly referred to as The Purple Book. This document provides harmonized classification criteria for the health, physical, and environmental hazards of chemicals. It also includes standardized label elements that are assigned to these hazard classes and categories and provide the appropriate signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements to convey the hazards to users. A standardized order of information for safety data sheets is also provided.
OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve workers’ understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace.
In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers.
A. There are nine pictograms under the GHS to convey the health, physical and environmental hazards. The final Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires eight of these pictograms, the exception being the environmental pictogram, as environmental hazards are not within OSHA’s jurisdiction. The hazard pictograms and their corresponding hazards are shown below.
• Emits Flammable Gas
• Organic Peroxides
Flame over Circle
Environment (Non Mandatory)
Skull and Crossbones
This course is suitable for workers in organizations of all sizes, in industries and occupations where hazardous products are found. Employees working in healthcare, pharma, petrochemicals, oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, and other specialty industries should take this training.
Per the final rule issued March 26, 2012, the Department of Labor has adopted the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This change ensures OHSA’s alignment with internationally-developed guidelines for the categorization and labeling of hazardous substances. June 1, 206 Deadline to update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs, and provide any additional employee training.
Employers are required to educate workers on the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labeling system for hazardous chemicals as well as how to read and interpret a safety data sheet (SDS).
Total Course Duration: 30 minutes
Number of Total Slides: 53 slides
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