Final GHS Compliance Deadline Passes
by Craig Hodgson, on June 14, 2016
The final compliance deadline for adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has passed, pushing the affected industries one step closer to consistent chemical classification.
On June 1, employers were required to update hazard communications labeling and properly train all employees to recognize potential dangers, according to a report by Globe Newswire. Though U.S. chemical manufacturers were initially required to adopt the GHS standard on Dec. 1, 2015 - which meant abandoning the old HazCom standard - they were expected to take about half a year to be fully compliant with the rule.
"The GHS standard is expected to prevent 43 workplace deaths each year."
This is an important step forward for workplace safety. The news source notes that the GHS standard is expected to prevent 43 workplace deaths and more than 500 injuries and illnesses in the U.S. each year.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration still expects there to be an additional guidance period during the next several months. Chemical Watch reported that even though the final compliance deadline has passed, some companies are still struggling to meet the new requirements. In fact, one survey conducted by the software firm Actio found that as many as half of all affected companies still hadn't met all compliance requirements by the end of May, just before the deadline. OSHA plans to work with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Hazardous Materials Identification System and the Canadian government to produce additional training modules.
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