Are You Ready For OSHA’s June 1, 2016 Hazard Communication Deadline?
- Anna Kozak
June 1, 2016 is OSHA’s final deadline for implementing requirements within the new Hazard Communication Standard. The changes are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), ever improving workers’ safety and health protections. The new system is being implemented throughout the world by countries including Canada, the European Union, China, Australia, and Japan.
The four major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, safety data sheets, and information and training. This means a standardized format for presenting safety information.
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 – Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are now called Safety Data Sheets (SDS). A new format requires 16 specific sections, ensuring consistency in presentation of important protection information.
Information and Training – The requirement is for workers to be trained on the use of GHS, new label elements, and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements.
Meet the full compliance deadline! The aviation community can enroll their employees for the new Hazard Communication Standard/GHS training with Advanced Aircrew Academy. The eLearning OSHA module also provides students with an introduction to OSH and the foundations of the OSHA Act.