OSHA’s Hazard Communication 2012 is called the Global Harmonization Standard (GHS)
By Dec. 1, 2013, OSHA requires that all affected employees be trained on the update to the Hazard Communication Standard. The goal of GHS is to create consistency and harmonization of chemical safety documents and hazard communication.
To prepare for compliance hotels, resorts, islands and restaurants should:
- Determine their transition timeline
- Train all affected employees on new pictogram definitions, signal words, hazard classification categories and H&P statements, along with the new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format
- Update and manage safety data sheets
- Perform a chemical inventory
- Relabel secondary container bottles with approved labels outlined in red, that include a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category
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