Hazard Communication Standard

 

                                                           

 

Hazard Communication Standard

New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The new OSHA Standard requires employers to train all employees on new label elements and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format by December 1, 2013.

Hazard Communication Standard Labels

OSHA has updated requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). All manufacturer labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification. A sample revised HCS label, identifying the required label elements, is shown below. For more information visit: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/

Sample label:

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Hazard Communication Standard Pictograms

The new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will require pictograms on labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed (see below). Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification.

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Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will now be called Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and will look like the following:

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All PIs must ensure that lab employees are trained in the above changes. See attached Safety Training Verification form to document your employees have been trained in these requirements. Please contact your EH&S Specialist if you have any questions regarding these requirements. “Safety Training Verification” forms should be available for Cal-OSHA inspection.

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Posting: May 2013