On September 30, 2009 OSHA proposed to modify its existing Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The proposed modifications to the standard incorporate an analytical method for determining hazards rather then performance based. The new system requires standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements and a specified format for safety data sheets(SDS). This will require company's to relabel their products and train employee's on the interpretation of the pictograms. Some of the OSHA standards, such as flammable/combustible liquids will also be modified to bring them in line with the new standard for hazard communication. In essence, the GHS standard is a system of "uniformity" in the dissemination of hazard information.
The GHS standard has been implemented all across the globe, including Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, Australia and Europe to name a few. EnviroNet has been assisting company's in determining the GHS classification and authoring the GHS MSDS for several years. We have developed internal tools to be able to cost effectively assist company's in the determination of the GHS classification. The revised classification will be the most time consuming and costly task as each raw material must be investigated for toxicity and ecotoxicity data and then using that data in predefined calculations. The resultant is then used to determine which classifications to place the product into.
GHS is the most significant piece of legislation to come out of OSHA in years. EnviroNet is currently developing on-line courses to help train company's in the understanding of the GHS standard, as well as developing training courses for employee's. There will be a 2 to 3 year implementation for all company's to transition to the GHS standard. Don't wait. Give us a call to discuss your company's current situation and how EnviroNet can help you to make the transition to GHS.
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Whether you are a large or small
company, the authoring and management of MSDS's can be a daunting task.
EnviroNet can help you develop software solutions
for managing and/or migrating your health and safety information.
We utilize Microsoft® Access and Visual
Basic as developmental tools. EnviroNet professionals
have designed integration tools for the implementation of
the SAP EHS Module. We can assess your current data situation and provide cost effective solutions
for all of your data migration needs.
EnviroNet professionals have worked extensively
in the SAP EHS Module. The method of authoring using real
groups greatly enhanced the efficiency of creation and managing
changes to MSDS documents. We provide SAP consulting services
with respect to design, gap analysis and deployment of the
SAP EHS Module.
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