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Effective June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers, importers, or other employers responsible for preparing safety data sheets, or SDSs, must format each SDS using consistent headings in a specified 16-section sequence. The revised hazard communication standard, which was amended to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate and classify the hazardous chemicals that they produce or import for physical and health hazards and follow a new mandatory 16-section format for safety data sheets (SDSs), which were formerly called material safety data sheets (MSDSs).


While employers were required to train their workers on new label elements and the new SDS format by December 1, 2013, manufacturers, distributors, and importers of chemicals were given additional time to bring their materials into compliance with the revised standard. But as of June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers and importers are required to have completed the transition process for SDSs. Distributors, meanwhile, have until December 1, 2015, to ensure that all shipped containers bear a GHS-compliant label.



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