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About The New Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

There’s a new 1910.1200 Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or (SDS) have been used for 30 years to inform workers of the physical health hazards of hazardous chemicals they could be potentially exposed to.

In the United States of America, MSDS is codified under the 29 CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication system.

In March of this year, the OSHA modified 1910.1200 so that the code may align with the United Nations Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

The alignment of the two systems will reduce the burden companies have with the care of hazardous chemicals by increasing the quality and consistency of information about chemical hazards and the protective measures that go along with workplace management and transportation of hazardous materials.

In the new 1910.1200 regulations, there are three information communication ways to inform workers of chemical hazards: Labels, Written Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and Training.

The Container Labels have the following six components: Product identifier (name or number), Signal words of danger or warning, Hazard Statement, Red Bordered diamond shaped pictograms, Precautionary Statement and Identity of Distributor/ Manufacturer/ Importer by name, address and telephone number.

The SDS consist of 16 sections and 12 out of 16 sections are mandatory:

Section 1 Identification
Section 2 Hazard(s) Identification
Section 3 Composition / Information on Ingredients
Section 4 First-aid measures
Section 5 Fire-fighting measures
Section 6 Accidental release measures
Section 7 Handling and storage
Section 8 Exposure controls / Personal protection
Section 9 Physical and chemical properties
Section 10 Stability and reactivity
Section 11 Toxicology information
Section 12 Ecological information (non-mandatory)
Section 13 Disposal considerations (non-mandatory)
Section 14 Transport information (non-mandatory)
Section 15 Regulatory information (non-mandatory)
Section 16 Other information including date of preparation of last revision.

The Training has the new Hazard Communication Labeling information and SDS new mandatory format. The biggest change is the new container information for the hazard communication labels. This is good news for workers because the label information contains standardized information (exact same information) no matter the provider.

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Source: The New 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
GHS Container Labels