Key provisions of the revised Hazard Communication Standard include:
- Hazard classification: The will be a new system and set criteria for classifying the hazardous properties of chemicals. This classification system offers very specific instructions as to the classification of any and all health and physical hazards in additional to mixtures’ classifications.
- Labels: Under the new labeling system all chemical importers and manufacturers will be expected to utilize labels that include a signal word, pictogram and hazard statement from the new harmonized system.
- Safety Data Sheets: Detailed chemical safety information will be required and must follow a uniform 16-section format.
- Information and Training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new GHS label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding. This is required to aid in the recognition and understanding of these important changes.