The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is the most up to date method for communicating important information about the chemicals that get purchased for your facility, used by your employees, and end up in your final products. It's the international standard used in many countries, including some of the biggest markets in the European Union.
In fact, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has committed to adopting the GHS in the near future. By December 2015, all manufacturers will need to be in compliance with the OSHA's GHS regulations.
Even as early as December 2013 employers will need to provide GHS training, including how to read and write GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).
What this means for you is that all your current MSDSs and product labels will no longer be valid, stopping you from selling your products.
And that's why it's vital that you learn all the ins and outs of applying the GHS method as soon as possible.
We've collected some of the most essential reading about learning to read and write GHS-compliant Safety Data Sheets so that you can be completely prepared for the switch to the Globally Harmonized System.
- MSDS Authoring: Mastering the New GHS Safety Data Sheets & Labels
- How the GHS Will Change MSDS Management Forever
- MSDS Management: How Switching to GHS Will Impact Your MSDS Authoring
- OSHA's Hazard Communication FAQ
- A Guide to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
About the Author: Alex Chamberlain is a writer and blogger who regularly contributes to ERA Environmental Management Solutions' blog. You can find Alex on Google+, LinkedIn & ERA's Environmental Compliance Blog