Maybe you know this already, maybe you’ve heard some whispers but don’t know the full story, or maybe you’re sitting in your chair right now, reading your computer screen and asking yourself “What the heck is this all about?”
Whether you know about this already or not, the fact is that labeling requirements in the United States for hazardous chemicals are about to change.
OSHA has updated their Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) so that it will comply with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. In catchier terms, this is known as the Globally Harmonized System or simply the GHS.
The purpose of the change is to standardize chemical labeling requirements not just within the United States, but throughout the entire world.