Introduction to HazCom 2012
Around the world, many countries use the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to classify and label hazardous chemicals. In the United States, OSHA used this system as the basis for a major rewrite of the Hazard Communication Standards. The old “Right To Know” rules are done; HazCom 2012 gives workers a “Right To Understand.”
As part of the new rules, OSHA’s requirements for the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) have been changed. Now, OSHA expects to see the 16-section Safety Data Sheet (SDS). The shift from MSDS to SDS means replacing those old documents with a clear, consistent format.
Container labels are simpler, too; every chemical label will have the same six parts, from Product Identifiers to Supplier Information. The new labels identify each type of hazard with a bold, recognizable symbol in a red diamond.
This guide explains the new rules, as well as how to read the new SDS, and how to use that information to create compliant labels.