Some readers may already know the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or GHS is an internationally agreed-upon system created by the United Nations. It has been designed to replace various classification and labeling standards used in different countries with a consistent labeling system on a global level. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its Hazard Communication Standard to align with this Globally Harmonized System.
So what does this mean for Employers? Much of OSHA’s Hazardous Communication Standard has been changed in this transition and that means manufacturers and employers will have to update their hazard communication program accordingly. The new requirements include: