GHS Label Compliance Next Steps

by Craig Hodgson, on August 17, 2016

Screen_Shot_2016-08-15_at_4.06.51_PM.pngIndustrial end users must work with OSHA to formulate next steps for complying with the GHS.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration set June 1 of this year as the deadline for industrial end users to update their chemical labels to comply with the new GHS standard. Though this date has since passed, OSHA was open to the possibility that not every single end user would be able to comply. Those that required more time have to plan out their next steps and explain them to the agency.

There are a number of industrial products that require new labels under GHS. According to EHS Today, these include cutting oils and rust removers, as well as acid-, alkaline- and solvent-based cleaners.

"There are a number of industrial products that require new labels under GHS."

"Staying GHS compliant will not only help industrial end users avoid OSHA fines, sanctions or auditing, but also position them ahead of the curve if other industry standards are allowed to sunset," says Glenn Hallett, a chemical compliance and information specialist and president of Inc., told the news source. 

All told, OHSA reports that 43 million industry employees working in more than 5 million workplaces will be covered under the new rules when they go into effect. The news source notes that those companies that still haven't complied will be required to document the preparations they plan to take to do so, and how much time this is expected to require. 

One reason why it is so important for the industry to keep up with GHS adoption is because the government has been constantly adjusting existing rules to comply with the regulation. For instance, in July the EPA proposed changes to regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act to make compliance easier, according to the National Law Review.

An Enterprise Labeling Solution can help industrial end users comply with the GHS by leveraging their source of truth for label data that is necessary for mission critical, high volume printing.

For more on GHS labeling check out our on demand webinar on "GHS Update: What You Need to Know" with industry specialist Chandra Deeds Gioiello, MS, CIH, Industrial Health and Safety Consultants, Inc.