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Will Your Products be Ready for GHS?

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According to OSHA, changes to the HCS (Hazard Communication Standard), which has been revised to align with the GHS), will affect over 43 million workers in over 5 million workplaces. The chemical management experts at MSDS Online break down some of the important changes, costs and deadlines below.

The biggest changes center on:

  • Hazard Classification
  • Labels
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Training

The greatest costs to businesses will be around:

  • Reclassifying of Chemicals
  • Re-authoring of Safety Data Sheets
  • Training of Workers on New Hazards and Formats
  • Color Printing of Labels


In all, OSHA expects annualized costs (spread out over 4 years) to be over $200 million. Annualized savings are estimated to be between $700 and $800 million, for a new savings of $500 million annually. Additionally, OSHA expects the revised standard will prevent 43 fatalities and 585 injuries annually, which is calculated at 1% of the expected outcomes from the 1983 promulgation of the HCS.

There are 4 key compliance dates related to OSHA's adoption of GHS:

December 1, 2013

Employers must train employees on how to read GHS formatted labels and safety data sheets.

June 1, 2015

Chemical manufacturers and distributors must complete hazard reclassification and produce GHS styled labels and safety data sheets. Distributors get an additional 6 months to complete shipments of old inventory.

December 1, 2015

Distributors must comply fully with HCS requirements. (Grace period for shipments of old inventory ends.)

June 1, 2016

Employers must be in full compliance with revised HCS, including complete training of employees on new hazards and/or revisions to workplace hazard communication program.


CCL Understands Change.

After GHS compliance revisions have been made, contact CCL to evaluate your label and ease you through any color, construction or page count changes that might be required. We are experts in fitting more information into less space with our expanded content labels. Now may be the perfect time to give your labels an overhaul. We'd be glad to help!

How Can CCL Help?

Short run, UV protected shipping decals

Color printing added to your labels for GHS compliance

Printable lamination for lot numbers & other variable data

Evaluation of your booklet label construction to accommodate new GHS changes. (Need to add more pages, a cover-up label or an opening feature? Let our experts help advise you).


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