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Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

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OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574).  Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs).  The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace.

Hazard Communication Standard Pictogram

As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires pictograms on labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed.  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.

OSHA – Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AtoZ/ghs/

Globally Harmonization System (GHS) for Non-laboratory Settings (QuickCard Pictogram)

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