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June 1, 2015, is the deadline for meeting the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)—CFR 1910.1200—and its alignment with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).


As everyone should know by now, the 2012 version of the HCS is in effect as well as the transition time for manufacturers, distributors, and employers. The GHS elements include newcriteria for classifying chemicals for health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures, amandatory 16-section Safety Data Sheet (SDS) development, and a new format for container labeling.


Under the regulation, the first transition deadline was December 1, 2013, when all employers were required to train their employees on the new label elements and new SDS format. The second deadline is June 1, 2015, when all chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers must comply with all modified provisions of the revised standard including compliant labels and SDSs.



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