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The new face of Hazard Communication in the workplace: OSHA’s Global Harmonization Standard.

Federal OSHA adopted the update of the Hazard Communication standard, known as the Global Harmonization Standard or GHS on May 25, 2012. Utah’s state plan OSHA adopted it on November 25, 2012. The new standard updates the existing Hazard Communication standard (1910.1200) to make workplace chemical safety and health information more universal and enhance hazard understanding for employees.

There are some critical dates by which employers are required to take action. These are:

  • December 1, 2013 – employers must train employees on what to expect for new chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s).
  • June 1, 2015 – Chemical manufacturers and importers must comply with all standard requirements except that they can sell previously manufactured materials with old labels until December 1, 2015.
  • June 1, 2016 – All employers must have policies, signs, SDS’s, and programs updated.

There are a number of resources available to help employers understand the new standard and train their employees about the changes that will affect them.

Request a free, confidential visit from UOSH Consultation to evaluate your GHS program. Send requests to:

UOSH Consultation
160 E 300, S 3rd floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6650

Federal OSHA New Hazard Communication Standard Web Page:

Free on-line 24 minute video produced by the state of Maine Consultation services:

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