The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard requires containers of hazardous chemicals used or stored in the workplace to include a conspicuous, legible label in English (or other language spoken by the workers) communicating the hazards posed by the chemical. The new GHS rule includes modifications to label format and information requirements. As of June 1, 2015, current Hazcom labels will have to be replaced by new GHS labels. And by June 1, 2016, the current Hazcom label will have to be phased out completely. In addition, all workers exposed to hazardous chemicals must receive safety information and training on the new labels by Dec. 1, 2013—yes, that’s 2 years before full implementation of the label requirements.
The following Quickcard, which comes from OSHA, displays a sample label illustrating the format and information contained in the new GHS label. Distribute the Quickcard to workers as part of their initial GHS training to educate them about label requirements. Instruct workers to keep the Quickcard in their wallet and post it in a conspicuous place so workers can use it as an aid in reading the label and absorbing the important information it contains.