This year, the United Nations will be implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)–a new global system that will standardize definitions, data sheets, classification of materials, and labeling around the world. U.S. agencies will be making decisions about adopting these requirements in the U.S.

While this is ultimately good news for all concerned, in the short term the implementation of the GHS will require changes in all American workplace hazard communication programs–including all new labels and safety data sheets…

Here is a timeline of OSHA regulatory activities regarding GHS…

  • Goal for publishing the proposed rulemaking is October 2008.
  • Final rule could be published 12 months to 18 months after that.
  • Compliance is likely to be phased in over several years.

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