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Navigating GHS – HazCom2012 Books

Help! I’m lost!

Here it is January of 2015 and I’m so lost and confused in this world of Hazard Communications. Is there a set of directions or a map through this land of labels, safety data sheets and classifications? Daily, phrases such as “UN Model Regulations”, “Purple Book”, “HazCom2012”, “GHS Classification” and “June 1, 2015” are tossed around in conversation with great emphasis.

Are these the same?

Are they different?

Can you explain it?

Luckily, ICC Compliance Center is here to help with you navigate. There are multiple resources in particular that can help.

Here is just a sample of what we have to offer:

bkghs11_new_1Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Also known as the “Purple Book”: This is the UN Model REGULATION that outlines exactly what GHS is. It explains the comprehensive changes to how customers are informed of hazards, by finally establishing an internationally uniform system for classifying hazardous chemicals, labeling them and providing Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Encompassing many sectors, including workplace safety, consumer sales, transportation, and environmental protection. This is updated every two years so be sure to use the correct edition! Use this to see if you are on the correct continent of your map.

bk-ghs04Just HazCom: Hazard Communication Regulation

Here is “HazCom2012” or the “US GHS”. “Just HazCom” has the parts of 29 CFR 1910.1200 used to ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are classified, and that information concerning the classified hazards is transmitted to employers and employees. The requirements of this section are intended to be consistent with the provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3. These are the US regulations and what was adopted from the “Purple Book”. Be careful as the US did not take everything! Now you can determine if you are in the correct country.


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bk-etba1u-e1419881296715GHS Awareness

This is the new, 2012 edition. It will increase “awareness” of the upcoming GHS recommendations, summarize the changes the GHS will entail, alert you to the impacts the GHS will have on Canadian and US regulations for dangerous / hazardous materials and remind you of the impending deadlines. There are changes in labels on containers, labels in the workplace, on the safety data sheets and in a person’s responsibilities in handling hazardous materials. This resource can get you to the appropriate city.

bk_etbghsu_lgGHS Self-Teach

Our Self-Teach booklet introduces the GHS and includes basic substance classification, labeling requirements, supplier versus workplace labels and safety data sheets. The intention of this system is to replace the multitude of regulations currently in use worldwide for identifying hazards in the workplace. Our GHS Self-Teach book is ideal for first time students or for refresher training. Students can move through the material at their own pace and see if more instruction is needed. There are even quizzes with answer keys!

Finally, you have arrived at your destination.


ICC Compliance Center is your “one-stop shop” for GHS compliance offering a complete set of webinars and trainings to help you navigate through this hazard communications world as well as offering classification and label writing services for all your needs.

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