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OSHA Hazard Communication - Employee Right to Know Regulations - Global Harmonized System (GHS)

Employee Right to Know Regulations - globally Harmonized System of classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employees be informed of hazards in their workplaces. The primary focus of this regulation is chemicals, but there are other aspects of workplace safety, such as physical agents and infectious diseases, that are covered by the standard.

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the HCS provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet formats to facilitate recognition and understanding.

About IEA

At the Institute for Environmental Assessment, Inc. (IEA), our specialists help clients comply with the law. IEA is a health and safety consulting firm founded in 1984. Clients include school districts, hospitals, businesses and industrial plants, and government agencies in Minnesota throughout the United States.

For more information about employee right to know, contact IEA toll–free at 800.233.9513.

IEA consulting services

    • Identify chemicals used in the workplace
    • Determine labeling requirements for each identified chemical
    • Compile Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
    • Develop a customized hazard communication written program
    • Provide employee training as mandated by OSHA including GHS training on labels and SDS

To learn how we can help your organization comply with employee right to know regulations, contact us toll–free at 800.233.9513.


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