SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 20, May 14, 2015

OSHA Updates Labels for Hazardous Chemicals

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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As of June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers and importers are required to use labels that have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier and supplier identification.

The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its hazardous chemical labeling requirements by adopting the international Globally Harmonized System (GHS). As of June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers and importers are required to use labels that have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier and supplier identification. As of December 1, 2015, distributors can’t ship improperly labeled containers.

Employers whose workers handle hazardous chemicals are required to update their hazard communications program as necessary and provide additional employee training. The new rules also adopt the global hazard classification criteria for defining health and physical hazards along with 16 specific section headings for presenting information on the safety data sheets.

For more information, visit the OSHA website. If you have questions, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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