Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) - Globally Harmonized System (GHS) - Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Dear AMRRP Members:
Due to a number of recent requests, please note the following information and associated link to answer questions regarding the new HCS, GHS & SDS requirements, which replace the old Hazard Communication/MSDS format.
The new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets (SDS).
This required program was introduced worldwide in 2012 with five date-deadlines to compliance. The final deadline was June 1, 2016. Full compliance is now required. Various steps to compliance included employee training, updating your old hazard communication plan as necessary to reflect new chemical label design and SDS formats, and/or (recommended) establishing a new GHS - Hazard Communication program and relabeling of all older chemical containers, tanks, etc. to meet the new SDS standard.