GHS goes into effect exactly one month from today and I’m completely unprepared. We use several dozen hazardous chemicals at our plant and I have no way of getting a new Safety Data Sheet for all of them. Should I be hitting the panic button?
Not at all. As long as you have an appropriate MSDS for each of these chemicals, you’re golden for the next 4 years.
Yes, GHS officially takes effect on May 25, 2012.
And, yes, the MSDS is getting a makeover. MSDSs will be called SDSs, Safety Data Sheet, and have to list different information in a new format.
But here’s the good news: The MSDS/SDS changes don’t officially take effect until June 1, 2015.
And if you’re a downstream employer that gets its hazardous chemicals from an outside supplier, you not only don’t have to prepare the SDS but have an extra 12 months to get your MSDS/SDS ducks in order. Let me sum it up like this:
I hope that helps. But click here if you want more information about the new MSDS/SDS rules and what you have to do to comply with them.