Globalized Harmonized System (GHS) and the Hazardous Communications Standard
Hazardous Communications Standard
29 CFR 1910.1200
Since the Hazardous Communications Standard (commonly known as Hazcom or HazCom) became an OSHA standard in 1983; it is one of the top cited violations. One of the most common violations pertaining to this standard is not having a Written Plan (or Written Program). This "Plan" is required by OSHA to better communicate your training (or communications) method to your employees when dealing with hazardous materials (signs, labels, MSDS/SDS, chemical inventory list just to name a few).
In 2012, OSHA aligned it's Hazcom standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) with the Globalized Harmonized System (commonly known as GHS). This alignment means more universal communications for all countries who choose to use it. Although the dates below have come and gone, companies still need to train their employees to a competency level on how to deal with hazardous materials. Those dates were:
December 1st, 2013 Train Employees on the new label elements and SDS Format
June 1st, 2013 Comply with all modified provisions of the final rule, except:
December 1st, 2013 distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1st, 2015