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August 10, 2016 - Tape & Label

GHS – OSHA’s Changes, The Benefits and Bostik’s Response

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requirements for hazardous chemicals labeling. Let’s take a look at what these changes are, their benefits and Bostik’s response.

What are the Changes?

OSHA’s changes to the HCS bring it further into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Being in line with GHS shifts the standard from being performance-based to one that has more globally structured requirements for labeling. Designed to ensure improved quality and consistency in the classification and labeling of chemicals, these changes include:

  • Hazard classification: The new standards provide specific criteria to address health and physical hazards. It also classifies chemical mixtures.
  • Labels: All labels must now include:
    • Picture
    • Signal word
    • Hazard and precautionary statements
    • Product identifier
    • Supplier identification
  • Safety Data Sheets: The revised standard requires there to be 16 specific sections on protection information.

GHS

What are the Benefits?

This new standard impacts millions of workers across the country. Benefits include:

  • Increased daily safety on the job due to better quality, consistency and more efficient access to information
  • Cost savings due to productivity improvements
  • Reduced international trade barriers

What is Bostik’s Response?

By June 2015, all labels and SDSs for OSHA-regulated chemical products had to become compliant with the new standard. In order to meet these standards, Bostik replaced its global (M)SDS authoring solution with The Wercs.

The Wercs is a leader in hazard communication software and has helped Bostik meet and maintain compliance, handling both individual chemical substances and complex product compositions. This enables the company’s compliance with the new, GHS standard.

For more information on Bostik’s compliance with the new standards, call 800-7-BOSTIK.

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