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This guide is intended primarily to assist employers who use hazardous chemicals in their workplaces comply with the Hazard Communication Standard promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The standard was revised in 2012 to conform to the United Nation's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). It will be fully implemented in 2016 and benefit workers by reducing confusion about chemical hazards in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and improving understanding of hazards. Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard include:

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.

The Overview and Guidelines for Compliance sections contain a general description of the employer's responsibilities as well as specific items that will be checked by OSHA to determine compliance with the standard. The remainder of the kit contains step-by-step guidelines for setting up and implementing a chemical hazard communication program and a group of helpful appendices.

The Hazard Communication Standard gives workers the right to know the hazards and identities of chemicals in their workplace. A copy of the rule and related appendices are included. It should be noted that if any requirements change as a result of further rulemaking, OSHA will revise and reissue appropriate parts of the standard. This guide will serve equally well the needs of general industry, construction, maritime, and agriculture.

This compliance kit provides guidance on the step-by-step requirements for complying with the Hazard Communication Standard. Specifically, it identifies the components of a hazard communication program and a worker training program. It explains how to use Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and how to identify and list hazardous chemicals present in the workplace. This kit also provides references, resources, and contacts to assist employers in obtaining additional information on the hazard communication regulation. This kit can be expanded by the employer to meet his/her individual needs, including company hazard communication and training programs, SDSs and requests for SDSs, and training or other records.

This Program Kit is informational only and was compiled from sources believed to be reliable.  The Zurich Services Corporation - Risk Engineering makes no guarantee of results and assumes no liability in connection with the information, methods or safety suggestions contained herein.  Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety or compliance procedure is contained herein or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require additional procedures.