GHS Brings Big Changes to Safety Data Sheets
by: Dionte Gilmer
From MSDS to SDS – GHS Brings Big Changes to Safety Data Sheets Material safety data sheet (MSDS) has been the back-bone of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). As most safety professionals know by now, the Hazard Communication Standard has been revised by OSHA to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), the result of which will include substantial changes to the MSDS. Below is a list of the major changes to the HazCom Standard Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format. Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding. Air-Care has complied with the training deadline and updated its MSDS sheets to SDS sheets as suggested by GHS and will be available for download at https://www.air-care.com/chemicals.