OSHA has substantially changed the rules and regulations related to the Hazard Communications Standard. This change is to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The new OSHA standard is HCS 2012 – Hazard Communications Standard 2012.
PUR-O-ZONE will be helping customers understand these changes, beginning with this brief summary.
The most important of the deadlines for janitorial departments is the first, which involves understanding and training employees about the new labeling requirements. The final deadline also affects employers, but does not occur until mid-way through 2016.
OSHA’s four deadlines:
December 1, 2013 - All employees must be trained on the new Label Elements and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format.
June 1, 2015 - All manufacturers and suppliers must ship products with the new Label Elements and SDS’s.
December 15, 2015 – All Distributors must ship products that have HCS 2012 (GHS) compliant labels
June 1, 2016 – All employers shall, as necessary, update any “alternative” workplace labeling, update the hazard communication program, and provide any additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards