Weekly Compliance Digest – U.S. GHS June 1, 2016 Deadline

May 27, 2016 By
In this edition of the Weekly Compliance Digest, we bring attention to the upcoming June 1, 2016 deadline from the U.S. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, which is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

U.S. OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) 2012

What is it?

In 2012, OSHA amended its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and aligned it with the UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revised standard is known as “HazCom 2012”. A number of countries around the world have already adopted GHS, including the European Union, Canada, Australia, Japan and China. HazCom 2012 included a number of phase-in effective dates, most of which have already past. Today, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers have to comply with all modified provisions of the final rule, including the creation and distribution of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and labels according to the U.S. adaptation of GHS. The last remaining deadline is June 1, 2016.

Who is affected?

All U.S. employers covered by OSHA’s HCS are affected by the deadline. However, HazCom 2012 does not apply to the following:

  • Hazardous waste defined by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Hazardous substances defined by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Tobacco or tobacco products
  • Wood or wood products
  • Articles (i.e. manufactured items)
  • Food or alcoholic beverages
  • Drugs, under certain conditions
  • Cosmetics, under certain conditions
  • Consumer products defined by the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA)

The University of Chicago’s Environmental, Health and Safety staff has also compiled a complete list of exemptions.

What are the requirements?

As part of the June 1, 2016 deadline, U.S. employers that are affected by HazCom 2012 have to:

  • Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs as necessary.
  • Provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. For employers that store and use chemicals, information about the hazards of the chemicals should be received from manufacturers or importers.

Click here for more information regarding requirements associated to the June 1, 2016 deadline.

What is next?

The June 1, 2016 deadline is the fourth and final effective date defined by HazCom 2012.

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