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200 Safety & Regulatory Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Hazard Communication OSHA Standards and GHS (Globally Harmonized System) Compliance OSHA's recent update to its Hazard Communication Standard changes the requirements when it comes to chemical labeling and mandatory employee training. This means you need to know exactly what the Global Harmonized System (GHS) is and how it affects your business. That's where we come in. As your trusted business advisor for 100 years, Brady offers the information you need and a wide variety of products and services to help you transition to the new system and stay compliant. What is GHS? GHS = Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals GHS is a system that's been created by the United Nations for standardizing the classification and labeling of chemicals throughout the world. In the United States, OSHA is enforcing GHS by adopting it into its Hazard Communication Standard (CFR 1910.1200): Defining environmental, physical and health hazards from chemicals Communicating these hazards and protective measures on standardized labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Under the new GHS format, labels will have 6 elements and SDS sheets have 16 elements. Why does GHS matter? Chemical import/export means big business Globally, the production and use of chemicals is a more than $1.7 trillion per year enterprise ($400 billion in the U.S. alone). Chemical labeling has appeared differently based on different regional requirements. With such an impact on the world economy, it's critical that the import and export of chemicals be made as safe and efficient as possible. The GHS standard globally helps keep workers safe and informed of chemical hazards. Number of Federal OSHA HazCom Violations 2013: 6,156 2012: 4,696 2011: 6,538 2010: 6,633 2009: 6,378 (In Fiscal Years) HazComm was #2 on OSHA's Top 10 list of most frequently cited standards for 2013.

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