GHSThe first deadline in the implementation phase of OSHA’s revised Hazard Communications Standard isn’t fast approaching, but it is approaching. Employers have until Dec. 1, 2013 to train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet format.

The update to the HazCom standard provides a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets and is aligned with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

“The revised standard is improving the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals,” according to OSHA.

Materials that explain the new changes to the requirements are available on OSHA’s Hazard Communications page. These include frequently asked questions, QuickCards, fact sheets, a webinar that provides an overview of the rule and a downloadable PowerPoint presentation.