Globally Harmonized System of Hazard Communication

Globally Harmonized System of Hazard Communication

Nov 05, 2013

On March 20, 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standard to align the regulation with the provisions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  These changes will impact all users of hazardous chemicals at UNH.  GHS is an international, standardized approach to hazard communication.  The introduction of this new system ensures that chemical users worldwide will understand the labeling and hazards associated with chemicals.  The intent of GHS is to ensure hazard classifications are consistent and standardized on an international level.  This will help prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities while ensuring the safe use of chemicals from cradle to grave.  The GHS benefits  include consistency and quality of information by adopting a standardized worldwide approach to chemical classification, standardized labels, and safety data sheets.

As part of our commitment to campus safety, those employees that use, handle, manage, or would be exposed under normal operating conditions to hazardous chemicals must receive training on the recent changes involving GHS no later than December 1, 2013.  To assist with this effort the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has developed three modules that cover the necessary training components.  The training modules can be accessed by using the following link, GHS Training, or by visiting the OEHS Website.

If you have staff that use, handle, manage, or would be exposed under normal operating conditions to hazardous chemicals, please provide them with this information so they can review the training modules and understand the recent changes associated with Hazard Communication.  Should anyone have any questions please contact OEHS.

UNH Office of Environmental Heatlh and Safety            Phone (603) 862-4041 - Email: ehs@unh.edu

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