The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), is an agreed-upon system that was created by the United Nations in 1992.
One critical aspect of the GHS adoption is the ability to improve the overall employee comprehension of any critical safety information. When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its HazCom Standard in 1983, it helped shape the workplace safety culture of today, because of the employee right to know.
However, there were changes to the HazCom Standard once under the GHS. Not only now to employees have the right to know about the hazards in the workplace, they also have the right to understand the risks. This has become a critical clue that suggests how OSHA expects employees are trained in the workplace.
The GHS employee right to know allows workers to access information through various documents, labels and safety data sheets, so that they know and understand the hazards that exist in their area of work.