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GHS: What's Next?

GHS WHAT'S NEXT? THE TIMELINE OF GHS COMPLIANCE The GHS Mission: To internationally standardize classification and labeling of chemicals with pictograms, signal words and hazard warnings. The goal is to reduce time and costs, facilitate trade, and improve comprehension and understanding of health and environmental hazards. IMPORTANT DATES GHS COMPLIANCE IN THE U.S. Ongoing The GHS is expected to be a living document. Changes may be adopted on a two-year cycle through various rule making options. June 1, 2016 What: Update workplace labeling and haz-com programs and train employees on newly identified physical or health hazards. Who: Employers December 1, 2015 Transition Period What: Shall not ship products labeled by chemical manu- facturers or importers unless the labels comply with GHS. Who: Distributors Up to the effective completion dates, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers may comply with June 1, 2015 | either 29CFR 1910.1200 (the What: Comply with all final rule provisions but may ship final standard), the current | products labeled uder the old system until December 1, 2015. Who: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, & employers standard, or both. December 1, 2013 What: Train employees on new label requirements and safety date sheet (SDS) format. Who: Employers GHS TIMELINE 2015 June 1, 2015 The current Directives on classification, labeling and packaging, i.e. Council Directive 67/48/EEC and Directive 1999/45/EEC, will be repealed. KEY May 31, 2015 Expected deadline for mixture 2014 reclassification after entry into force. 2013 United Nations 2012 March 20, 2012 OSHA passed their final ruling updating the Hazard Communication Standard to align February 21, 2012 with the United Nations' Globally The Office of Management and Harmonized System (GHS) of European Union Budget concluded its review of Classification and Labeling of OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Chemicals. Standard, incorporating GHS principles. As the last step, the rule would be published to the Federal Register, establish- ing the effective date. 2011 OSHA would release the final United States ruling on the updated Hazard Communication Standard. 2010 November 30, 2010 Expected deadline for substance classification according to the OSHA hosted Globally Harmonized System of public hearings Hazard Classification and Japan regarding the Labeling, after the rule is proposed changes entered into force in the EU. to the Hazard Communication Standard relating to GHS initiatives. 2009 Expected entry into force of Directive COM (2006)852 on the inland Ireland transportation of dangerous goods. Also, the biennial updates of September 30, 2009 relevant international agreements OSHA published a proposal to would enter into force. The 67 modify the Hazard Communication directive made direct reference Standard to conform with the to the relevant legal instruments GHS. Interested parties had 90 implementing the provisions of days of public comment COUNTRIES the UN Model Regulations on the before the transport of HAVE proposal would Dangerous Goods ADOPTED Canada take effect. by road, rail, and inland waterways. GHS 2008 AS OF 2014. Targeted 2008 for the declaration of a new GHS-based framework for the control of workplace hazardous chemicals. Australia The EU adopted the GHS Implementing Regulation (Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures). IFCS The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety adopted IFCS an implementation goal of 2008. The U.S. participated in this group and agreed to work toward the goal. January 1, 2008 IFCS The U.S. DOT updated 49 CFR to align with the 14th Edition UN Model Regulations and International 14 Gnat Satty sy modal regulations. 2007 The U.S. DOT aligned transport regulations to the GHS. SUBCOMMIT TEE OF EXPERTS December 14, 2007 The 14th session of the Subcommittee of Experts on the GHS was held in Geneva. July 2007 The 2nd Revised Edition of the GHS was published (includes standardized precautionary measures). July 7, 2007 The 13th session of the Subcommittee of Experts on the GHS was held in Geneva. July 10, 2007 Invited the public to submit comments on the EU draft proposal to assist in the development of the national position for the negotiating team at the EU discussions. June 27, 2007 Adopted an act that aligns the European Union's system of classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures to the United Nations' GHS. May 31, 2007 This was the deadline for most mixtures & substances to meet GHS in Japan. March 15, 2007 The public comment period was closed in Australia. 2006 December 10, 2006 The 1st Revised Edition of the GHS was adopted by the Committee of Experts. Głobally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of chemicals (GHS) November 1, 2006 OSHA's ANPR Public comment period was closed. October 21, 2006 The public comment period was closed. September 21, 2006 OSHA Published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and opened it to public comments. February 23, 2006 Published a sectored analysis. UNITED NATIONS ©2014 Creative Safety Supply 2005 September 1, 2005 US (OSHA) & EU discussed GHS implementation May 16, 2005 at a joint conference on occupational safety OSHA indicated the and health, completed a pilot project Hazard Communication related to GHS. Standard would adopt many of the GHS components. 2004 December 10, 2004 Amendments to the GHS were adopted at the 2nd session of August 1, 2004 the Subcommittee of Experts. The EPA published a white paper relating to the Amendments included revisions application of GHS to pesticides in the U.S. on classification and labeling, new rules for aspiration hazards and precautionary statements, pictograms and the preparation of safety data sheets. 2003 The 1st Edition of the GHS was published and made available GHS for implementation. August 1, 2003 IS NOT A situational analysis was published comparing the existing systems in A GLOBAL Canada to the GHS. Issues that might arise during the implementation of GHS were identified. LAW IT'S A SYSTEM. 2002 December 1, 2002 Countries can choose parts of the C The UN approved the 1st Edition September 26, 2002 of the GHS. An Implementation plan was adopted at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Countries were encouraged to implement the new GHS as soon as possible, with a goal of having a fully operational system by 2008. 1999 October 26, 1999 The United Nations Economic and Social Council enlarged the mandate of the Committee of Experts on Transport of Dangerous Goods to include the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. They also created a new Subcommittee of Experts on the GHS (Resolution 1999/65). 1992 The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was mandated at the United Nations Conference on Enviornment and Development (UNCED) to internationally standardize classification and 43 labeling of chemicals. MILLION The most noticeable changes brought by GHS for most organizations will be changes to safety labels, safety data sheets & chemical classification. WORKERS IN THE U.S. ARE Resources:,,, CREATIVE safety supply AFFECTED BY GHS 1- 866-777-1360 Creative Safety Supply is committed to being your safety and labeling experts. We provide a wide range of industrial safety products to increase visual awareness and safety. We can help with GHS. Call Today! No country is obligated to adopt G Estimated by OSHA.

GHS: What's Next?

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According to OSHA, GHS affects over 5 million businesses and 43 million workers in the US alone. This infographic illustrates the next steps for GHS Compliance, and gives a timeline of the evolution o...


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