As of June 1, 2015, OSHA requires all chemical manufacturers, distributors and/or importers to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard which means all old MSDS must be converted to the new GHS-compliant safety data sheets (SDSs). The new SDS requires a uniform format consisting of 16 Sections, headings and appropriate information under each heading. Like the old MSDS, this information must be readily available to all employees handling chemicals in addition to the SDS labels.
If you have a small to mid-size company that works with a lot of different chemicals, the job to transfer information to the new format may seem daunting. You may simply not have the manpower to deal with such details. Fortunately, the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) have created an affordable on-line self-service tool called WERCSmart for you to easily convert existing MSDS to the new SDS format.
Once you get that step out of the way, you will be more prepared to deal with the GHS relabeling process that needs to be done by June 1, 2016. If you need assistance, simply contact our Label Experts and they will help you design your GHS product labels with the appropriate pictograms and verbiage based on your new SDS.
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