Do You Know the New GHS Label Format?

The OSHA GHS (Globally Harmonized System) ruling of 2012 requires manufacturers to label chemistry following certain formats. These formats have changed somewhat in comparison with original Hazcom (Hazard Communication Standard) requirements. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have become Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and have a 16-section design.

Here is a sample illustration of the basic format and a description of the seven basic elements that make up the GHS label.

1 - PRODUCT NAME OR IDENTIFIER -  Chemical name or number on the SDS. List all
chemicals included in mixes.

2 - SIGNAL WORD – The signal word indicates the relative degree of severity of the hazard.

3 - HAZARD STATEMENT – Describes the nature of each hazard associated with the

4 - FIRST AID STATEMENT – Emergency care information.

5 - PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENT – Recommended measures to minimize or prevent
adverse effects.

6 - SUPPLIER INFORMATION – Name, address and telephone number of the manufacturer or supplier of the chemical.

7 - PICTOGRAMS – Conveys specific information about the hazard or hazards of the chemical.

Because distributors have until December 1, 2015, to stop shipping non-GHS compliant labeled chemistry, training in the new system is required by this December 1, 2013, so that employees understand both systems.

For a self-guided or group program, here are FREE TRAINING TOOLS from PUR-O-ZONE. 

Here is the schedule OSHA has devised for implementation. There is no need for panic. As a standard business or organization, the link in this article to training material will put you well on your way toward complying.