Deadline For Globally Harmonized System Of Classification Approaches

The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,’ and the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.’


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard brings the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  As the economy goes global, American workers can be better informed about the chemicals that enter their workplaces.   The last update to the Hazard Communication Standard was 1994.  The new, HCS 2012 workplaces by further improving safety and health. As a company, you have likely implemented all of the new requirements of the HCS 2012.  If not, the deadline for all employers to update their workplace hazard communications is approaching fast and you need to take action immediately. Here are some important key dates to remember:


Published the final rule – March 26, 2012

Effective date of the final rule – May 27, 2012

Employers must train employees on the new label and Safety Data Sheets (SDS)– December 1, 2013

Employers, chemical manufacturers, distributors must comply with the requirements of HCS 2012 – June 1, 2015

Employers must update all workplace hazard communication programs – June 1, 2016