Reminder: December 1, 2013 Training Deadline for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

November 22, 2013


What are the new requirements? 

OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the GHS.  The GHS includes a standardized, 16-part format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The GHS will also require changes to chemical warning labels, including the use of a standard label format and new pictograms and warning phrases. The standardized SDS format is intended to make it easier to find critical information in the event of an emergency, and the new labeling requirements will provide the information that is needed for proper storage and safe use of chemicals.


OSHA is phasing in the new requirements over several years. The first compliance date is December 1, 2013. By that date, employees must be trained on the new SDS format and the new label elements.  


Download your free printable training materials and
quick-reference guides

We've assembled a package of OSHA-issued training materials and included a 35-slide GeoInsight presentation that will enable you to provide this training for your employees. Just click an image below to download the PDF. 

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Have a question? 

We are happy to answer your questions about the new SDS and labeling requirements so that you can provide this critical training to your employees. We can also provide 
on-site training at your Facility. Please call Suzanne Pisano, GeoInsight's Director of Compliance, at (978) 679-1600, or email her at if you have any questions about these new OSHA requirements.