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***All employees must complete the Hazard Communication Update - GHS training on Cornerstone (if questions arise contact EH&S) Complete the quiz to fulfill the training requirements.
Is an international approach to hazard communication that provides agreed upon criteria for:
Benefits of GHS:
GHS was a multi-year process, which involved many different countries, international organizations and stakeholder groups. The GHS improves the safety of employees by providing more efficient and effective chemical hazard information. The standardization of chemical hazard information around the world ensures all pertinent knowledge is included on the labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). This system will enable faculty, staff, students, health professionals, and emergency respondents to access the most current data on chemical hazards they are in contact.
The Globally Harmonized System is not a regulation by itself, but is incorporated in the OSHA Hazard Communication/Right to Know Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200 Subpart Z).
The major changes that GHS made to the Hazcom 2012 Update are as follows:
Must include the following:
Used to indicated the relative severity of the hazard. It alerts the reader to a potential hazard on the label.
"Danger" - A more severe hazard
"Warning" - A less severe hazard
Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed with a red border and represents a distinct hazard. The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification. A total of 9 pictograms, eight of being mandatory and the ninth (Environment - Aquatic Toxicity) non-mandatory.
Describes the nature and degree of the hazards of a chemical
Fatal if swallowed (signal word: Danger)
Harmful if swallowed (signal word: Warning)
Describes recommended measures to prevent and minimize adverse effects from exposure or improper handling and storage.
Addresses the following:
Globally Harmonized System Resources
GHS Handbook (The Purple Book)