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1 Preparing for GHS: What Employers Need to Know Siobhan Murphy, CSP, CIH, Industrial Hygienist Daniel Stuckrath, CIH, Industrial Hygienist

2 Outline Review of hazard communication ( hazcom ) 1994 Introduction to GHS Components of hazcom 2012 Implementation timeframes Resources and training opportunities

3 History of HCS OSHA creates HCS 1983 OSHA updates HCS 1994 OSHA aligns HCS with GHS (Pub. 3/12; Eff. 5/12) Oregon OSHA adopts (9/25/12)

4 Hazcom 1994 Required for employers with hazardous chemicals Employees need to know the hazards they work with, how to handle and store chemicals, and what are the protective measures. Training Program MSDS Retention

5 What is GHS? Acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals System for standardizing how chemicals are classified and hazards are communicated Not a regulation Not a standard

6 What is GHS? Logical and comprehensive approach to: Define health, physical, and environmental hazards of a chemical Create classification schemes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria Communicate hazard information and protective measures on labels and safety data sheets (SDS)

7 What is GHS? The purple book

8 What is GHS? EU F (highly/extremely flammable) OSHA HCS Flammable F Combustible F GHS Flammable F CPSC Extremely flammable <20 F Flammable F Combustible F

9 What is GHS? GHS Flammable F Category Criteria 1 FP <73, BP <95 2 FP <73, BP >95 3 FP >73, BP <140 4 FP >73, BP <200

10 What is GHS? It is optional for countries to adopt. Once adopted, regulatory bodies or competent authorities take the agreed-upon criteria and provisions and implement them through their own regulatory process.

11 Hazcom 2012 What is not changing? Scope and exemptions of hazcom Requirement that containers be properly labeled Safety data sheet distribution and availability in the workplace Requirement that all affected employees be trained to recognize hazards and take proper precautions Trade secrets

12 Hazcom 2012 What is changing? How chemicals are classified Label content MSDS > SDS Standardized 16-section format Employee training on new labels and safety data sheets

13 Hazard statements Signal words Labels Training GHS Precautionary statements Pictograms SDS

14 Hazcom vs. Hazcom 2012 Hazcom 1994 Hazard determination Hazcom 2012 Hazard classification Material safety data sheets Safety data sheets Chemical means any element, chemical compound, or mixture of elements or compounds. Chemical means any substance or mixture of substances. Side-by-side comparison resource:

15 GHS components adopted in the revised hazcom standard Classification standardization Physical hazards Health hazards Safety data sheets (SDS) Labels Pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, precautionary statements Employee training

16 GHS hazard groups Health hazards Hazardous chemicals or substances Physical hazards Environmental hazards

17 Hazcom 2012 hazard groups Health hazards Hazardous chemicals or substances Physical hazards

18 Hazard classification Two hazard categories Health hazard Physical hazard Now includes simple asphyxiation, combustible dust and pyrophoric gases, and hazards not otherwise classified Test method neutral

19 STOT Specific target organ toxicity

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22 Labels primary or shipped Specific requirements Product identifier Supplier identification Name, address, and phone number Signal word Danger Warning

23 Labels primary or shipped Pictograms Hazard statements Nature of the hazard(s) Degree of hazard Precautionary statements Measures taken to reduce effects resulting from: Exposure to a hazardous chemical Improper storage or handling

24 Example: shipped label Source: Federal OSHA

25 Labels secondary or workplace Required information includes: Same info as on shipped label Product identifier and words, pictures, symbols or combination thereof, which provide at least general information regarding hazards......which, in conjunction with other information immediately available,......provides employees with the specific information. Can t contradict primary label or SDS information

26 What else has changed? Signage: substance-specific rules (such as lead, inorganic arsenic, asbestos...) Spray finishing Flammable and combustible liquids Dipping and coating operations Oregon rules for reinforced plastics manufacturing Hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) Welding, cutting, and brazing Ventilation

27 Pictograms Must have red borders on a white background with black picture Federal and Oregon OSHA: adopted eight of nine Five of the eight have multiple, but similar, meanings

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31 Employee training Labels Shipped containers Workplace containers Safety data sheets Including the type and order of information Identification of any hazards Simple asphyxiation, combustible dust and pyrophoric gas hazards, and hazards not otherwise classified

32 Manufacturer, importer, and distributor Determine hazard classification and categories Develop hazcom label elements and SDS Verify containers have hazcom 2012 label elements and SDS within implementation dates

33 GHS: federal and Oregon OSHA timelines Date Requirement(s) Primary Impact 12/1/2013 Train employees on new labeling (pictograms, signal words, precautionary and hazard statements) and the 16 section SDS format 6/1/2015 Complete hazard classification using specified criteria and produce GHSstyled labels and 16 section SDS 12/1/2015 Distributors shall only ship containers with GHS compliant labels. 6/1/2016 Labeling and SDS are consistent with hazcom 2012 requirements. Updated hazcom written training that reflects newly identified hazards is completed. Employers Chemical manufacturers and importers Distributors Employers

34 1.Audit 4.Update 2.Train 3.Labels

35 Hazcom 2012 resources OSHA resource page osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html Oregon OSHA resource page SAIF s safety topic page: Hazcom/GHS New safety and health guide with summary of changes, preparation checklists, resources New hazcom 2012 training video (English and Spanish)

36 orosha.org/pdf/pubs/4960.pdf

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38 Saif.com/safety > Hazard communication/ghs

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