June 1st 2016 was both the most recent and final compliance deadline for OSHA’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals(GHS). If your organization isn't meeting these compliance deadlines, your employees could be at risk and your company may be out of compliance. The GHS was incorporated into the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in March 2012 and was the second most cited standard in 2014. HCS is one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations.

The GHS system was created to establish a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals. As such, compliance with the GHS requirements is important to ensure the safety of employees that handle, use, store or transport chemicals. OSHA’s HCS revisions in 2012 incorporated the GHS system which requires manufacturers to reclassify their chemicals and provide Safety Data Sheets (SDS) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets [MSDS]), and new GHS labels with pictograms, identification, hazards and precautionary statements for safe handling.

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