Transition to Safety Data Sheets From Material Safety Data Sheets

by Source Intelligence

on September 29, 2017

 

Are you an employer that requires employees to work with or around hazardous chemicals or materials?

Having and maintaining a successful chemical safety program is critical not only to the well-being of your employees, but also necessary to gain compliance with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Since OSHA’s regulations are constantly changing and evolving, it is important to understand what your responsibility is to keep your workplace safe.


December 1, 2013 was the first compliance deadline for OSHA’s version of the Globally Harmonized System on Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Since then, OSHA designated three more deadlines to fully integrate the new GHS format. Industry leaders speculated fines for noncompliance with GHS would be one of the top ten OSHA trends to watch as more deadlines for compliance progressed.

 

Safety Data Sheets (SDS): Cornerstone of the Hazard Communication Standard

 

Safety Data Sheets (SDS), previously Material Safety Data Sheets (M/SDS), are the cornerstone of Hazard Communication Standard and Chemical Regulatory Requirements, but can be a costly and time-consuming element to manage in order to remain compliant. (But, don't fret. A simple, low-cost compliance option for Safety Data Sheet management does exist.)

June of 2015 was the deadline OSHA set that requires manufacturers to convert their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and GHS labels. To better understand the importance and compliance of a successful safety program, talk to one of our experts and see what our SDS solution can do for you.

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