FROM HAZCOM TO GHS Comparing the Requirements

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: April 5th, 2012
Topics: GHS Transition | HazCom |

FROM HAZCOM TO GHS Comparing the Requirements

ISSUE

CURRENT HAZCOM

GHS

Process used by chemical manufacturers & importers to evaluate hazards of their products Hazard determination Hazard classification, including determining product’s:

  • Hazard class; and
  • Hazard category
What makes a chemical hazardous
  • Health hazards; or
  • Physical hazards
  • Health hazards (redefined)
  • Physical hazards (redefined)
    Simple asphyxiants
  • Combustible dusts
  • Pyrophoric gases
  • Hazards not otherwise classified
New criteria for classifying mixtures Based on how mixtures are tested Based on new procedures set out in Appendix A and Appendix B
Hazard Communication Program requirements Employers must have HCP covering:

  • Hazardous chemical inventory
  • Labels
  • MSDS
  • Safety information & training
  • Protections for employees of contractors at site
Employers must have HCP covering:

  • Hazardous chemical inventory
  • Labels
  • SDS
  • Safety information & training
  • Protections for employees of contractors at site
Label requirements Label must have:

  • Identity of chemical
  • Hazard warnings
  • Name & address of manufacturer, importer or other responsible party
Label must have:

  • Product identifier
  • Signal word
  • Hazard statement(s)
  • Pictogram(s)
  • Precautionary statement(s)
  • Name, address & phone number of manufacturer, importer or other responsible party
MSDS/SDS requirements Must be Material Safety Data Sheet listing:

  • Identity of hazardous chemical used on the label:
  • Physical & chemical characteristics
  • Physical hazards
  • Health hazards
  • Primary route(s) of entry
  • PEL, ACGIH TLV & other exposure limit
  • Whether chemical is listed in National Toxicology Program Annual Report on Carcinogens
  • General precautions for safe handling & use
  • General control measures;
  • Emergency & first aid procedures;
  • Date of preparation or latest change
  • Name, address &  phone number of manufacturer, importer, employer or other responsible party that prepared or distributed MSDS
Must be Safety Data Sheet with 16 sections:*Sec. 1: I identification of chemicalSec. 2: Hazard identification

Sec. 3: Composition/information on ingredients:

Sec. 4: First-aid measures

Sec. 5: Fire-fighting measures

Sec. 6: Accidental release measures

Sec. 7: Handling & storage

Sec. 8: Exposure controls/personal protection

Sec. 9: Physical & chemical properties

Sec. 10: Stability & reactivity

Sec. 11: Toxicological information

Sec. 12: Ecological information

Sec. 13: Disposal Considerations

Sec. 14: Transport information

Sec. 15: Regulatory information

Sec. 16: Other information including date of preparation or last change

* Section non-mandatory

When employees must receive new training When new “physical or health hazard” introduced When new “chemical hazard”  introduced
What training must cover “Physical & health hazards” of chemicals in work area “Physical, health, simple asphyxiation, combustible dust and pyrophoric gas hazards” of chemicals in work areaEmployees must also be trained to use new GHS labels & SDSs by Dec. 1, 2013
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