Companies in the chemical industry, including those who work in manufacturing, importing and distributing, have one more deadline related to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals to be concerned about this year.
This is December 1, when distributors finally have to ensure they aren't shipping products with outdated labels.In the remaining weeks until then, these businesses should pay attention to the policy changes that could influence what counts for compliance.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently took part in a program to help produce appropriate Safety Data Sheets as part of the commitment to GHS protocols. These sheets are a key component of the Hazard Communication Standard described on the OSHA site, and are meant to include 16 different sections under the new regulations. These sections relate to signifiers that pertain to chemical hazard safety.
Commenting on its collaboration with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC), the president of the AIHA, Daniel Anna, remarked on the impact of the decision to work together.
"AIHA has a focus on strategic partnerships, and we often hold up our relationship with SCHC as the model for how a good partnership should work," he said in a press release. "We are really proud of the work we have done together, and we are looking forward to our next phase of this relationship."
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