HazCom 2012 labels, SDSs, and classification procedures have been updated such that they implement uniform GHS-prescribed informational elements. Upon the June 1st 2015 deadline, hazardous products required HazCom 2012 labels to fulfill GHS compliancy, requiring manufacturers to include on the label; product & supplier identifiers, pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and optional supplementary information. Introduction of coloured pictogram use is a fundamental aspect of the new chemical labelling system.
There are 9 GHS-prescribed symbols, which are now contained within a red-framed square sitting atop its point. Standardization of these graphical elements ensures that HazCom 2012 labels can be easily understood not only by American workers, but also by global populations using American-exported chemical products world-wide. Developing labels under this revised program, first requires that the chemical product is accordingly classified into the many physical and/or health hazard classes.Based on the classification(s), the appropriate pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, and precautionary statements are to be assigned. Such information can be extracted from an already made GHS compliant SDS, given how labels are just minimalized replicates of SDSs; including only the most significant information that works to immediately alert users about hazardous info related to chemical products.