For better understanding, Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemical labeling.
OSHA has adopted new hazardous chemical labeling requirements as a part of its recent revision of the Hazard Communication Standard, bringing it into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
These changes help ensure improved quality and consistency in the classification and labeling of all chemicals. As a valued customer, INX wants you to know that we have complied with the deadline and have begun to incorporate the mandated changes on the product labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that accompany our products.
As GHS requires, new INX labels will have a uniform or harmonized appearance and a standard set of information. In addition to new labels, the long used MSDS format has been changed to the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format that has a different appearance and content.
INX has created links to two U.S. OSHA publications that provide useful background information regarding GHS. They are:.
As required INX International Ink Co. has begun the transition of existing product labels to the Global Harmonized System (GHS) format. The changes include new GHS pictograms, signal words and warning statements as well as a new graphic design. We will no longer support the Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) information because the HMIS numbering scheme is contradictory to GHS’s numbering scheme.
In compliance with the Hazard Communication Standard INX labels will now feature pictograms on its labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification. HCS pictograms do not replace the diamond-shaped labels that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires transport of chemicals.
The new elements aim to help communicate the hazards associated with the product and the safety measures that need to be taken when handling or transporting it. OSHA requires that these five elements appear on all Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) labels; pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification.