GHS Labels & SDS
Puritan Products’ quality management system ensures compliance with applicable global standards such as GHS labelling of chemicals and GHS compliant Safety Data Sheets (SDS). All of our SDS and labels have been updated to the GHS standard. Please visit our website to obtain current Safety Data Sheets for the products you purchase from us.
What is GHS?
GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. It is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. For more detailed information, click here.
Why did OSHA decide to modify the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) currently in place?
OSHA decided to adopt the GHS to improve safety and the health of workers through more effective communications of chemical hazards. Since the inception of the HCS in 1983, chemical manufacturers and importers were allowed to convey information on labels and material safety data sheets in whatever format they chose. The GHS provides a standardized approach including criteria for determining what hazardous effects a chemical poses, as well as standardized label elements assigned by hazard class and category, along with safety data sheets that provide important information in a specific order.
What are the major changes to the HCS?
The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets.
The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
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.
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What are some of the benefits of being GHS compliant?
- Implementation of GHS will enhance both employer and worker comprehension of the hazards presented by the chemicals being used in the workplace.
- The harmonized format of the safety data sheets will enable employers, workers, health professionals, and emergency responders to access the information more efficiently and effectively, thus increasing their utility.
- OSHA estimates that the revised HCS will result in the prevention of 43 fatalities and 585 injuries and illnesses annually.