Global Harmonization is on the Way

Over the next 2 years you will hear a lot about Global Harmonization. This is not a requirement that we all sit in a circle, hold hands and sing songs. No, this is an attempt to use the same rules for all countries when it comes to the labeling of chemicals around the globe. Actually, it makes some sense that the chemicals we sell all over the world would have the same labeling everywhere so no matter where you are, you understand the basics of that container. For instance, there will be 9 pictograms (click here: Pictograms ) which need to be trained to all employees so that they can identify the danger. You will be seeing these pictograms as they are rolled into use over the next 2 years. Training needs to take place this year, so if you want to get a head start, you can start showing these to your management and supervisors so they get used to identifying them. The transport pictograms will also be rolling out but are not a necessity to learn unless you transport hazardous substances.

The other action you will want to take now, is to contact your suppliers and make sure you have a Safety Data Sheet for ALL hazardous chemicals on your property. They should be 3 hole punched and put in your yellow SDS binder and available to all employees (Not locked up). They should be put in alphabetical order by name so it is easy to find the right one in case of an emergency. OSHA will look for this on any visit to your location and the fines can be very large. Having Safety Data Sheets has been a requirement for many years, so there is not much room to fight this violation.

This is just an overview and you can find much more on line. If you have questions, please let me know.

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