GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) has been on the minds of companies for the last few years. But now, with the June 1, 2016 final deadline fast approaching, compliance with these new regulations needs to be top of mind.

So as you get ready, here are some tips from OSHA on how to update your hazard communication program.

Step 1: Learn the Standard/Identify Responsible Staff
Obtain a copy of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard; Become familiar with its provisions; Make sure that someone has primary responsibility for coordinating implementation; Identify staff for particular activities (such as training).

Step 2: Prepare and Implement a Written Hazard Communication Program
Prepare a written plan to indicate how hazard communication will be addressed in your facility; Prepare a list or inventory of all hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Step 3: Ensure Containers are Labeled
Keep labels on shipped containers; Label workplace containers where required.

Step 4: Maintain Safety Data Sheet (SDSs)
Maintain safety data sheets for each hazardous chemical in the workplace; Ensure that safety data sheets are readily accessible to employees.

Step 5: Inform and Train Employees
Train employees on the hazardous chemicals in their work area before initial assignment, and when new hazards are introduced; Include the requirements of the standard, hazards of chemicals, appropriate protective measures, and where and how to obtain additional information.

Step 6: Evaluate and Reassess Your Program
Review your hazard communication program periodically to make sure that it is still working and meeting its objectives; Revise your program as appropriate to address changed conditions in the workplace (such as new chemicals and new hazards).

Are you prepared for the GHS deadline? What else do you need to do to ensure your company is in compliance by the deadline?

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