The deadline for all product manufacturers to adopt the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labeling standards on June 1, 2015 has past. The United Nations initially set an international implementation goal in 2008 and since then, the adoption timeframe has greatly varied depending on the country.
Occupational Health and Safety reported that all employees under the HazCom Standards at these companies have already been required to be trained on GHS adoption, as of the deadline on Dec. 1, 2013. Certain product distributors and other businesses that missed the deadline have until December 1, 2015, where the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), mandates that all businesses be fully compliant with GHS standards.
This six-month extension for the labeling deadline was granted by OSHA to help suppliers with shipments that may have arrived too close to the June 2015 deadline. However, for the manufacturers who missed the June deadline, it could possibly slow the process down for the December deadline.
"The impact of upstream suppliers missing their deadlines is that, for employers, the end is uncertain," The Occupational Health and Safety report reads. "It's difficult to predict when all chemicals in the United States will have fully GHS-formatted safety data sheets and labels. Until that time, employers will need to stay vigilant and understand that hazard communication unpredictability is the new normal, for at least a while longer."
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