Safety Facility Equipment Identification Catalog Page 12 Key Business Issues

12 Key Business Issues Hazard Communication GHS Hazard Communication OSHA's Hazard Communication Standards directly effects all areas of chemical labeling and specifies mandatory employee training. This means you need to know exactly what the Global Harmonized System (GHS) is and how it affects your business. What is GHS? The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international system that the United Nations created for the unified classification and labeling of chemicals. GHS has been fully or partially implemented in about 67 countries and in 2012, OSHA updated its HazCom Standard to align with GHS in order to support global efforts to standardize chemical labeling. Benefits of GHS The updated HazCom standard covers over 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country. GHS is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses, and 43 fatalities annually. In addition, it could save businesses in the U.S. more than $475 million in productivity improvements. In the United States, OSHA is enforcing GHS by adopting it into its Hazard Communication Standard (CFR 1910.1200). It is focused on ensuring chemical safety in the workplace by requiring chemicals to be labeled and chemical hazards to be identified in a way that is easily understood by workers. It entails: Chemical manufacturers and importers to classify the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets (SDS) to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers Employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to provide labels and SDSs for their hazardous chemicals, and train exposed workers to understand the chemical hazards. OSHA HazCom Violations HazComm was #2 on OSHA's Top 10 list of most frequently cited standards for 2016. OSHA Regulations Learn More with the Streamlined Guide to GHS Brady understands that GHS has been a significant change for businesses and that there is a lot you need to do to become GHS compliant. Download our extensive ebook to help navigate HazCom and GHS compliance. Download at: Five Steps to GHS 1. Develop a Written HazCom Plan. Include a summary of the hazardous chemicals, along with your written HazCom program or policy and training. 2. Inventory All Hazardous Chemicals. Make a list of all of the hazardous chemicals being used throughout your facility. 3. Establish and Maintain a Complete Library of Safety Data Sheets. Employees should have immediate access to SDSs at all times. 4. Label All Hazardous Storage Containers, Pipes and Tanks. Clearly communicate hazards to your employees with highly visible, durable labels. 5. Train and Communicate the Elements of HazCom to Your Workforce. Regular employee training, re- training and communication are essential elements of HazCom success. 5,677 5,192 5,161 6,156 4,696 2016: 2015: 2014: 2013: 2012: (In Fiscal Years)

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